This medication is a synthetic form of an antidiuretic hormone (ADH). ADH is a natural hormone that primarily affects the kidneys and controls water balance in the body. Desmopressin is available in the form of tablets, an injectable solution, and a nasal spray.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- A synthetic ADH hormone
- Given into the conjunctival sac as an eye drop
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING
- Used for the treatment of central diabetes insipidus where pets have an inability to control water balance
Read and follow the prescription label carefully.
The nasal solution is commonly administered as an eye drop to dogs and cats
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed.
Give this medication for as long as your veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian.
Baseline blood work and urinalysis is recommended to assess your pet's general health before starting this medication.
This medication is commonly used long term; periodic blood work and urinalysis to monitor its effects on the body is advised. Dose adjustments may be made based upon these results and an assessment of how your dog or cat is responding clinically.
Ensure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean drinking water while taking this medication.
Call ahead for refills.
Ideally, give this medication at the same time(s) daily.
ADMINISTRATION OF EYE DROPS
- The nasal solution is commonly administered as an eye drop to dogs and cats
- Wash your hands before applying any eye medication
- Check label directions and shake bottle if necessary
- Remove any excess discharge from around the eye with a moistened cloth
- Remove the cap and avoid contaminating the tip of the medication bottle with the environment or your fingers
- Tilt your pet's head back so that they are looking up towards the ceiling
- Gently hold the eyelids open and with the other hand holding the medication bottle, rest your hand above the eye
- Be sure that the tip of the medication bottle is not pointed towards the eye in case of any sudden movements
- Ensure that the tip of the medication bottle does not touch your pet's eye, eyelids, or lashes
- Apply the correct amount of drops into the eye
- Continue to hold your pet's head up and allow them to blink to distribute the drops over the entire eye
- Place the cap back on the medication bottle and avoid contaminating the inside of the cap with your fingers
- Wash your hands after applying any eye medication
- Always praise and reward your pet to encourage cooperation
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Desmopressin should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
- This medication is usually well tolerated and adverse effects are not common
- This medication may cause fluid retention and swelling
- This medication may cause conjunctival irritation when administered as an eye drop
- If you notice any of these symptoms or if your pet's condition worsens contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur when giving in conjunction with: chlorpropamide, epinephrine, heparin, and fludrocortisone
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Desmopressin
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Use with caution in animals that are susceptible to clotting
- Use with caution in animals with heart disease
- Animals that may be pregnant or nursing
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug should not take this medication
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
- When your pet will need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
- If your pet has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, Desmopressin should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about Desmopressin. If you have any questions or concerns about this medication or the condition it was prescribed for, please contact your veterinarian.