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DDAVP tablets contain a medicine used to manage a type of diabetes called diabetes insipidus. DDAVP tablets are also used to manage excessive thirst and production of urine following a head trauma or surgery. DDAVP tablets are also used to manage nighttime bedwetting.
How does this medication work?
DDAVP tablets work by replacing vasopressin (a hormone that is normally produced in the body to help balance the amount of water and sodium [salt]), thereby improving your symptoms.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: DDAVP tablets have been shown to reduce the incidence of bedwetting.
When: DDAVP tablets may start working within 1 hour of taking them.
How do I know it is working?
You may feel an improvement in your symptoms after you start taking DDAVP tablets. Your healthcare provider may ask you a series of questions from time to time that will help assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: headache.
Less common side effects may include:
Low blood sodium levels, with symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting, weight gain, restlessness, tiredness, disorientation, depressed reflexes, loss of appetite, irritability, muscle weakness, muscle spasms or cramps, or abnormal mental status (including hallucinations).
Do not take DDAVP tablets if you are allergic to them or any of their ingredients.
Do not take DDAVP tablets if you have kidney problems.
Do not take DDAVP tablets if you have or have had low blood sodium levels in your body.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with DDAVP tablets. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or heart problems, high blood pressure, cystic fibrosis, or if you drink excessive amounts of water.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children ≥4 years: The recommended starting dose is 0.05 milligrams (mg) twice a day.
Adults and children ≥6 years: The recommended starting dose is 0.2 mg at bedtime.
Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
Take DDAVP tablets exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking DDAVP tablets without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Always follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding fluid intake while taking DDAVP tablets.
Do not drink excessive amounts of water or other fluids while you are taking DDAVP tablets.
If DDAVP tablets are taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining DDAVP tablets with the following: carbamazepine, certain antidepressants (such as amitriptyline or sertraline), chlorpromazine, lamotrigine, narcotic painkillers (such as oxycodone or hydrocodone), or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) (such as ibuprofen or naproxen).
The effects of DDAVP tablets during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of DDAVP tablets, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature. Protect from excessive heat or light.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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