Desmopressin nose spray
What is this medicine?
DESMOPRESSIN (des moe PRESS in) is a man made hormone. It helps to control urination and thirst. This medicine is used to treat central diabetes insipidus. It is used in patients after a head injury or some surgeries. This medicine is used to treat or prevent bleeding in patients with Hemophilia A and von Willebrand's Disease. This medicine is also used to treat adults with nocturia.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for use in the nose. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your nose spray correctly. Do not use any other products in the nose. Ask your doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.
If you are using Noctiva nasal spray, a special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
chest pain, tightness
change in blood pressure
fast, irregular heart rate
signs and symptoms of low sodium like headache; drowsiness; confusion; nausea and vomiting; muscle cramps; restless; or seizures
sudden weight gain
swelling of the legs or ankles
unusual bleeding, bruising
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
flushing, reddening of the skin
runny or stuffy nose
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, lamotrigine
narcotic medicines for pain
NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose and it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
DDAVP Nasal Spray: Store at room temperature, between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Store bottle in upright position. Keep track of the number of doses that you use. Throw away the bottle when you have used the number of doses on the bottle label. Do not transfer any medicine into another bottle. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Stimate Nasal Spray: Store in the refrigerator, between 4 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). When traveling, you can store at room temperature, 22 degrees C (72 degrees F) for up to 3 weeks. Keep track of the number of doses that you use. Throw away the bottle when you have used the number of doses on the bottle label. Do not transfer any medicine into another bottle. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Noctiva Nasal Spray: Before opening, store upright in a refrigerator between 0 and 15 degrees C (32 and 59 degrees F). After opening, store upright at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away 60 days after opening.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
blood clot in the past
congestion, injury, swelling of the nose
high blood pressure
low levels of sodium in the blood
taking a loop diuretic or steroid medicine
an unusual or allergic reaction to desmopressin, vasopressin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. You may need to get some lab tests done while taking this medicine.
Talk with your doctor about how many glasses of water or other fluids you need to drink a day. Only drink enough fluid to satisfy your thirst or as directed. Too much or not enough water can cause harm.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get sick and have a stomach or intestinal virus with vomiting or diarrhea or if you have an infection or fever.
July 17, 2018