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Generic Name: Desmopressin (DES-moe-PRES-in)Brand Name: DDAVP

DDAVP Tube is used for:

Managing temporarily increased thirst and urination caused by head injury or certain types of brain surgery, or to manage certain types of diabetes (cranial diabetes insipidus). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

DDAVP Tube is an antidiuretic hormone. It works by causing the kidneys to produce less urine.

Do NOT use DDAVP Tube if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in DDAVP Tube
  • you have moderate to severe kidney problems
  • you have or have a history of low blood sodium levels (salt depletion)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using DDAVP Tube:

Some medical conditions may interact with DDAVP Tube. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have nasal problems (eg, scarring, swelling, congestion, blockage, discharge, severe runny nose)
  • if you have severe drowsiness
  • if you have a history of kidney problems, heart problems (eg, heart blood vessel problems), or high blood pressure
  • if you have cystic fibrosis, dehydration, fever, severe infection, vomiting or diarrhea, swelling or fluid retention, or abnormal blood electrolyte levels
  • if you are exposed to very hot weather, are physically active, or drink a lot of water
  • if you have recently had surgery in the head area

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with DDAVP Tube. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Carbamazepine, chlorpromazine, lamotrigine, narcotic analgesics (eg, codeine), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen), oxybutynin, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, imipramine) because the risk of fluid overload with low blood sodium levels may be increased

Ask your health care provider if DDAVP Tube may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use DDAVP Tube:

Use DDAVP Tube as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with DDAVP Tube. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • DDAVP Tube should only be used in the nose. Do not get it in your eyes or mouth. If you get it in your eyes, rinse at once with cool tap water.
  • Open DDAVP Tube by pulling the plastic tag on the neck of the dropper bottle. Break the security seal and remove the plastic cap. Twist off the small, ridged seal from the top of the dropper. Save this to reseal the bottle to prevent leakage between doses.
  • Fill the soft plastic rhinal tube (nose tube) with the correct dose of medicine. Insert the tip of the medicine dropper bottle downward into the end of the nose tube that is marked with an arrow. Squeeze the medicine from the dropper bottle into the nose tube until the medicine reaches the correct dose mark on the nose tube. Use constant pressure when squeezing the dropper bottle to avoid air bubbles in the tube. Remove the dropper bottle from the nose tube by withdrawing it quickly downward.
  • For adults and older children: Hold the nose tube about ¾ inch from the end and gently insert it into 1 nostril until the tips of your fingers touch your nose. Place the other end of the tube in your mouth. Hold your breath, tilt your head back slightly, and blow through the nose tube with a short, strong puff.
  • For very young children: Place the nose tube only far enough into the child's nostril so that the medicine does not run out. An adult may need to blow the medicine into the child's nose.
  • After use, replace the top of the ridged seal onto the tip of the dropper bottle. Cover the resealed dropper bottle with the plastic cap. Wash the tube in water and shake thoroughly until no more water is left. Allow the tube to air dry. It can be used again for the next dose.
  • If you miss a dose of DDAVP Tube, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use DDAVP Tube.

Important safety information:

  • DDAVP Tube may cause dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use DDAVP Tube with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Follow the fluid intake instructions given to you by your health care provider very carefully. Serious side effects may occur if you drink too much liquid while taking DDAVP Tube.
  • Check with your doctor if you experience infection, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you will be exposed to very hot weather, will be physically active, or will be increasing your water intake for any reason. The risk of low blood sodium levels may be increased.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take DDAVP Tube before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Lab tests, including urine volume or blood electrolyte levels, may be performed while you use DDAVP Tube. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use DDAVP Tube with caution in the ELDERLY and in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially water overload. Signs of water overload may include severe or persistent nausea or headache, vomiting, or unusual weight gain.
  • DDAVP Tube should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old if used for nighttime bedwetting; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using DDAVP Tube while you are pregnant. It is not known if DDAVP Tube is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using DDAVP Tube, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of DDAVP Tube:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Runny or stuffy nose.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); confusion; fainting; loss of appetite; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation, irritability); muscle weakness, spasms, or cramps; nausea; personality changes; recurrent or severe nosebleeds; seizures; severe or persistent nasal pain; swelling; unusual headache or restlessness; unusual tiredness or sluggishness; unusual weight gain; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. DDAVP Tube may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of DDAVP Tube:

Store DDAVP Tube in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Storage for up to 3 weeks at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep DDAVP Tube out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about DDAVP Tube, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • DDAVP Tube is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about DDAVP Tube. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.