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Vasopressin is used in the treatment of central diabetes insipidus and bed-wetting.

How it works

Vasopressin have the same structure as that of the natural hormone vasopressin. Vasopressin lowers the amount of urine and bleeding by constricting (narrowing) the blood vessels which, in turn, prevents the loss of water from the body.

Common side effects

Headache, Slow heart rate, Abdominal cramp, Pale skin, Increased blood pressure, Stomach pain, Diarrhoea

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Expert advice

• Do not consume alcohol while taking vasopressin as it may worsen the side effects.
• Take precautions if you have certain with heart disorders as taking vasopressin may worsen the condition.  
• Inform your doctor if you have seizure, migraine, asthma, heart failure, vascular disease, angina pectoris, coronary thrombosis, renal disease.
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Should not be given to patients allergic to vasopressin or any of its ingredients.
• Should not be given to patient with vascular diseases especially coronary artery disorders.
• Should not be given to patient with chronic nephritis (inflammation of the kidney leading to kidney function impairment) if reasonable nitrogen concentrations are not attained.

Frequently asked questions



Does vasopressin cause vasoconstriction?
Yes. Vasopressin has action on certain blood vessels and causes vasoconstriction, which results in increase in blood pressure.


Is vasopressin a peptide/ ADH?
Vasopressin is also known as antidiuretic hormone (ADH) which is a peptide hormone secreted by the pituitary gland


Does vasopressin increase urine output?
No, vasopressin decreases urine output by acting on certain receptors in the kidney.

Content on this page was last updated on 12 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)