Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Desmopressin is to be given as an injection.
Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you.
The injection may be given in one of many ways:
Intravenously: directly into the blood stream, via a vein. This is given as a drip.
Subcutaneously: into the fatty layer just under the skin, usually in the thigh or abdomen area.
Intramuscularly: into the muscle.
Your doctor will advise you about how much and how often you need to be given Desmopressin Injection.
The doctor will decide on the dose to inject based on your condition and response.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have any of these conditions or any other illnesses:
- high blood pressure
- chest pain
- cystic fibrosis
- bleeding disorders
- conditions which cause water and salt imbalance in your body
- problems passing urine
- any mood or psychiatric conditions
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant, you may need to monitor your blood pressure even more regularly. Ask your doctor about this.
Ask your doctor about how to manage your medicine when you have an episode of vomiting, diarrhoea, fever or infection.
While you are being treated with Desmopressin, you may need to limit the amount of water or other fluids that you take. Your doctor will advise you about how much water or fluid you can take.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- a bleeding disorder known as von Willebrand's Disease type IIB
- low sodium in the blood
Inform your doctor if you frequently consume significant amounts of alcohol.
Alert your doctor if you are taking diuretics (water pills) such as frusemide, bumetanide and similar medicines.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Desmopressin is a hormone. It has many uses.
Desmopressin helps to control the symptoms of diabetes insipidus ("water diabetes") where the body produces an abnormally large amount of urine.
Desmopressin is also used to control excessive thirst and to reduce the production of an abnormally large amount of urine that occurs after a head injury or after certain types of surgery.
Desmopressin can also be used to treat certain bleeding disorders.
Desmopressin may also be used to test the ability of the body to dissolve blood clots that have formed. It can also be used to check if the kidneys are working properly.
Desmopressin may also be used to relieve headaches in people who have had a lumbar puncture. This is a procedure which makes a small puncture in the spine in order to draw out spinal fluid.
What side effects could I experience?
Desmopressin Injection may cause pain, redness and discomfort at the injection site. It may also cause headache, flushing of the face, stomach pain, nausea and rashes.
Alert your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or refuse to go away.
Other side effects are less common but may need urgent medical attention. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
- prolonged headache
- unexplained and significant weight gain
- extreme tiredness
- muscle weakness
- muscle cramps or spasms
- severe or persistent nausea or vomiting
- loss of appetite
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Do not freeze.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- diuretics (water pills) such as frusemide, bumetanide and similar medicines
- antidepressants eg fluoxetine
- painkillers of the NSAIDs type eg ibuprofen, indomethacin
- medicines to treat mental illness eg chlorpromazine, haloperidol, thioridazine
- epilepsy (fits or seizures) medicines eg carbamazepine, lamotrigine
- diarrhoea medicines such as loperamide
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.