Information about Desmopressin
Desmopressin is used in the treatment of diabetes insipidus and bed-wetting.
How Desmopressin works
Desmopressin is a synthetic form of vasopressin (natural hormone that balances water). It works by causing reabsorption of water from the kidneys which controls excessive thirst and urination in diabetes insipidus. It also helps decrease night-time urine production and bedwetting in children. In addition to these, it reduces bleeding episodes by promoting the release of blood clotting factors.
Common side effects of Desmopressin
Headache, Nausea, Abdominal cramp, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk)
Expert advice for Desmopressin
- You have been prescribed Desmopressin for the treatment of diabetes insipidus and/or bed-wetting.
- Limit the amount of fluids you drink with this medication.
- Desmopressin can cause low sodium levels in your body. Get regular blood tests done to monitor the levels.
- Inform your doctor if you develop an infection, fever, diarrhea, or vomiting.
- Talk to your doctor if you have sudden weight gain or swelling in your arms and legs that does not go away.