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What DDAVP is and what it is used for
This medicine is intended for sublingual use (under the tongue). It is
available in three strengths: 60, 120 or 240 micrograms of desmopressin
(as acetate), an antidiuretic (reduces urine production).
This medicine is used to treat:
• diabetes insipidus (extreme thirst and the continuous production of large volumes of dilute urine). IMPORTANT: This should not be confused with diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes)
• post-hypophysectomy polyuria/polydipsia (extreme thirst and the continuous production of large volumes of dilute urine following surgical removal of the pituitary gland).
How to take DDAVP
It is important that you do not take more than the prescribed dose in any 24 hour period. If you have the impression that the effect of this medicine is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. 1. Completely remove the end tab of a blister strip by tearing along the perforations, starting from the corner with the hand symbol. 2. Now remove one blister from the strip by tearing along the perforations. 3. Remove the foil on each blister, starting at the corner with the printed arrow, by peeling off the foil in the direction of the arrow. 4. Carefully take a melt out of its blister. Place the melt under the tongue and allow it to dissolve. 5. If a melt breaks into more than two pieces while you are taking it out of its blister, do not take the broken pieces. Take a melt from another blister. Treatment of diabetes insipidus: Your doctor will prescribe the dose most suitable for you. The total daily dose normally lies in the range of 120 micrograms to 720 micrograms. A suitable starting dose in adults and children is one DDAVP Melt 60 micrograms taken sublingually (under the tongue) three times a day. The most common doses in adults and children are either one DDAVP Melt 60 micrograms or one DDAVP Melt 120 micrograms taken sublingually (under the tongue) three times a day. Post-hypophysectomy polyuria/polydipsia: Your doctor will prescribe the most suitable dose for you based on the concentration of your urine. If you take more of this medicine than you should: If you take more of this medicine than you should, talk to your doctor or pharmacist immediately. If you forget to take this medicine: If you forget to take this medicine, please consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Possible side effects
Most people taking this medicine find it causes them no problems.
However, like all medicines, this medicine can have side effects.
Excessive fluid intake may lead to a build up of water which dilutes
the salt in the body in severe cases. This can become a serious
problem and may lead to convulsions. Early symptoms may include
an unusually bad or prolonged headache, confusion, unexplained
weight gain, nausea or vomiting. If you experience one or more of
these symptoms, stop taking this medicine. Tell your doctor
immediately or go to your nearest casualty department.
Side effects include headache, stomach pain and nausea. Isolated
cases of allergic skin reactions and more severe general allergic
reactions have been reported.
Very rare cases of emotional disorders including aggression in children have been reported. If you experience one or more of these side effects or any other undesirable effects, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.
How to Store DDAVP
Keep this medicine out of the reach and sight of children. Store in the original package. Do not take this medicine after the expiry date on the packaging. If you are unsure about the storage, ask your pharmacist. It is best to return all old and unused medicines to your pharmacist for safe disposal. DDAVP Melt 60 micrograms oral lyophilisate PL 03194/0091 DDAVP Melt 120 micrograms oral lyophilisate PL 03194/0092 DDAVP Melt 240 micrograms oral lyophilisate PL 03194/0093 This leaflet was revised in May 2008. *DDAVP is a trademark of Ferring BV
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