desmopressin acetate (DDAVP, Stimate, Minirin)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

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PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 0.1 mg and 0.2 mg; Nasal Spray: 0.01 mg/ml and 1.5 mg/ml; Injection: 4 mcg/ml.

STORAGE: Store desmopressin tablets and spray at room temperature 20 C to 25 C (68 F 77 F). Refrigerate that injection at 2 C to 8 C (36 F to 46 F).

DOSING:

Central diabetes insipidus:

  • Adults and children 12 years of age and older: Initiate with 0.05 mg by mouth every 12 hours, may titrate up to 0.1 to 1.2 mg divided every 8 to 12 hours.
  • Children of 4 years to under 12 years of age: Initiate with 0.05 mg by mouth every 12 hours, may titrate up to 0.1 to 0.8 mg divided every 8 to 12 hours.
  • The intranasal dose for adults and children older than 12 years old is 10 to 40 mcg per day or divided and given in 2 or 3 doses (every 8 or 12 hours). The dose for children 3 months to 12 years is 5 to 30 mcg daily or divided and given every 12 hours.
  • The intravenous dose for adults and children older than 12 years of age is 2 to 4 mcg daily. Children 3 months to 12 years old should receive 0.1-1 mcg per day or divided and given every 12 hours.

Primary nocturnal enuresis:

  • Adults and children 6 years of age and older: 0.1 to 0.2 mg orally at bedtime. (May increase up to 0.6 mg if necessary)

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Desmopressin should be used with caution with drugs tricyclic antidepressants, selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors, NSAIDs, lamotrigine (Lamictal, Lamictal CD, Lamictal ODT, Lamictal XR), and opiate analgesics due to increased risk of water intoxication with extremely low sodium levels.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on Desmopressin to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: Desmopressin may be distributed in breast milk; however, there are no adequate studies done to determine infant risk. It should be used with caution by nursing mothers.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

REFERENCE: DDAVP Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/28/2015
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