DDAVP Tablets are an antidiuretic drug prescribed to supplement the vasopressin hormone produced in your body by your pituitary glands. People with diabetes insipidus do not manufacture sufficient amounts of vasopressin and so they find themselves drinking and urinating very frequently. DDAVP Tablets act only on your kidneys with no vasopressin hormone activity elsewhere in your body.
DDAVP Tablets may also be prescribed if the body does not make enough vasopressin due to certain kinds of head injury, brain surgery, genetics, or an infection. DDAVP stands for D-amino D-arginine vasopressin.
Diabetes insipidus has nothing to do with diabetes mellitus which is a condition that affects your blood glucose; it is an uncommon condition that happens when your kidneys cannot conserve water as they filter your blood. DDAVP Tablets or generic Desmopressin Acetate increase your vasopressin hormone levels so there are fewer trips to the bathroom and you stay hydrated. DDAVP Tablets are not a cure for diabetes insipidus, but it will help you deal with the constant need to urinate and an ever-present thirst. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
DDAVP Tablets may also help children seven years of age and older with bed-wetting. Taken just before bedtime, DDAVP Tablets reduces the amount of urine your kidneys produce at night. Your bladder is less full so the night-time accidents are reduced. Some of the medical reasons for bed-wetting include: having a small bladder that is not able to hold the urine produced through the night; if your child is a deep-sleeper, then having a full bladder may not wake them up in time; a urinary tract infection can make it harder to control bladder function; or a possible indication that your child has diabetes.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding to be certain DDAVP will not harm your unborn or nursing baby. Discuss your medical history with your doctor to see if DDAVP Tablets will work safely for you. Provide a list of other Rx drugs and OTC meds you are taking, including dietary and vitamin supplements as there may be a negative reaction when taken with DDAVP Tablets or the efficacy may be affected.
It is important to avoid excessive fluid intake while taking DDAVP tablets, as this can lead to a build-up of fluid in the body. You may be at risk for seizures if you are found to have low blood sodium or have significant problems with your kidneys.