Description of Ddavp
Ddavp is used to treat increased thirst and urination due to a surgery or trauma to the head and central cranial diabetes. It is also used to treat bed wetting. Its generic name is Desmopressin. Ddavp belongs to the class of medicines called Synthetic Antidiuretic Hormones.
Desmopressin is similar to Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH) produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. It acts as a receptor to the kidneys to prevent excessive water from being filtered out of the blood and urine. In diabetes insipidus, the kidneys produce excessive quantities of diluted urine, which causes increased thirst and may lead to dehydration. Desmopressin acts as ADH and reduces the production of urine. Ddavp is available in Ddavp 0.1mg and Ddavp 0.2mg strengths.
The nonmedical ingredients present in Ddavp are: Magnesium Stearate, Lactose Monohydrate, Potato Starch and Povidone.
Indications & Dosage of Ddavp
It is recommended that patients start with a dose of 0.05mg (1/2 of the 0.1 mg tablet) twice a day and adjust the dose thereafter. The optimal dosage range is 0.1 to 0.8 mg divided as a two or three times a day schedule.
Elderly patients generally have decreased renal function which could cause toxic reactions in the body. Thus, their renal function should be monitored before giving them Ddavp.
It is very important to reduce your intake of water and other fluids while you are taking Ddavp, as it could cause sodium loss, which could lead to electrolyte imbalance in your body.
Side Effects &Interactions of Ddavp
You should not take Ddavp if you have severe kidney disease or hyponatremia. Before you buy Ddavp tell your doctor if you have:
- Congestive Heart failure
- Heart Disease, Coronary Artery Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Kidney Disease
- Electrolyte Imbalance
- High or low blood pressure
The less serious side effects are :
- Nausea, Mild stomach pain
- Warmth, Redness, or tingling in your face
Serious side effects are :
- Vomiting, Weakness, Loss of appetite, feeling restless, Hallucinations, Muscle pain
- Dangerously high blood pressure
- Swelling, weight gain
- Feeling like you might pass out
Many drugs interact with other medicines. Tell your doctor in case you use any of these drugs before you buy Ddavp :
Warnings & Precautions of Ddavp
Before you buy Ddavp, make sure that you inform your doctor about any medical conditions you may have. It does not harm the unborn baby, but Ddavp must only be taken during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks inolved. Do not take Ddavp if you are breastfeeding a child.