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Desmopressin - Subcutaneous / Intramuscular / Intravenous - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I use this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I use this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
Other Known Brands
  • Minirin (d    

Why do I need this medicine?

Desmopressin helps control the symptoms of diabetes insipidus (water diabetes) where the body produces an abnormally large amount of urine.

This medicine is also used to control excessive thirst and it reduces the production of an abnormally large amount of urine that occurs after a head injury or certain types of surgery.

Desmopressin may also be used to prevent and treat bleeding problems.

How do I 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: into the vein which is delivered directly into the blood stream.

Subcutaneously: into the fatty layer under the skin such as the thigh, upper arm or abdomen area.

Intramuscularly: into the muscle such as the buttocks, upper leg or upper arm.

What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?

Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any dose. Your doctor also needs to regularly monitor your response to Desmopressin.

If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • heart disease
  • severe kidney disease
  • hyponatraemia (low sodium level in the blood)
as Desmopressin may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • conditions which may cause water and salt imbalance such as heart failure or cystic fibrosis (a disease that causes thick, sticky mucus build up in the lungs)
  • bleeding disorder
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

While you are being treated with Desmopressin, you may need to limit your intake of water or other fluids. Your doctor will advise you about how much water or fluid you can take.

What side effects could I experience?

Desmopressin may cause any of the following side effects: pain, redness and swelling at the injection site. It may also cause headache, nausea, flushing of the face, stomach discomfort or pain and rashes.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I use this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines to treat depression e.g. fluoxetine, escitalopram, amitriptyline, clomipramine
  • NSAIDs (medicines for pain and inflammation) e.g. ibuprofen, indomethacin
  • medicines for mood disorders e.g. chlorpromazine, haloperidol, thioridazine
  • medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. carbamazepine
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Desmopressin.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in the refrigerator, between 2-8 °C. Do not allow to freeze. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used.

Once opened, use it immediately. Throw away any solution that is not used. If you notice that the solution has changed colour or has become cloudy, do not use it. Throw it away and use a new injection.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Desmopressin - Subcutaneous / Intramuscular / Intravenous and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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