What is Desmopressin?

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Desmopressin depending on dosage is an antihemophilic agent, a hemostatic agent, and a vasopressin analog. It is used in the treatment of diabetes insipidus, maintenance of hemostasis and control of bleeding in hemophilia A, and mild-to-moderate classic von Willebrand’s disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes insipidus 95 13
Bladder problems 24 11
Von Willebrand disease 24 0
Hemophilia A 9 0
Frequent urination 3 4
Nocturia 2 1

Show all 22 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 4
Mild 9
None 25

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Desmopressin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 3
Abdominal bloating 1
Fluid retention (edema) 1
Headaches 1
Low blood sodium (hyponatremia) 1
Migraine headaches 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Desmopressin

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.2 mg twice daily 1
10mcg/inh as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Desmopressin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 5
Doctor's advice 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Side effects too severe 4
Other 3
Personal research 2
See all 17 patients who've stopped taking Desmopressin

Duration

Currently taking Desmopressin

Duration Patients Percentage
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Desmopressin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 28
Usually 9
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 32
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 14
Not specified 21

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Desmopressin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 1

Patients stopped taking Desmopressin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Antihemophilic Factor-von Willebrand Factor Complex (Humate-P) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Desmopressin

Apr 30, 2012 (Started Dec 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for frequent urination)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (water retention, abdominal bloating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It was great for urine retention at night so I can sleep... but it all went into my ankles.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 22, 2010 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fluid retention (edema))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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