DDAVP® Injection (desmopressin acetate) 4 µg/mL is a synthetic analogue of the natural pituitary hormone 8-arginine vasopressin (ADH), an antidiuretic hormone affecting renal water conservation.
DDAVP® Injection is indicated for the following:
DDAVP Injection 4 µg/mL is indicated for patients with hemophilia A with factor VIII coagulant activity levels greater than 5%.
DDAVP will often maintain hemostasis in patients with hemophilia A during surgical procedures and postoperatively when administered 30 minutes prior to scheduled procedure.
DDAVP will also stop bleeding in hemophilia A patients with episodes of spontaneous or trauma-induced injuries such as hemarthroses, intramuscular hematomas or mucosal bleeding.
DDAVP is not indicated for the treatment of hemophilia A with factor VIII coagulant activity levels equal to or less than 5%, or for the treatment of hemophilia B, or in patients who have factor VIII antibodies.
In certain clinical situations, it may be justified to try DDAVP in patients with factor VIII levels between 2% to 5%; however, these patients should be carefully monitored.
von Willebrand's Disease (Type I):
DDAVP Injection 4 µg/mL is indicated for patients with mild to moderate classic von Willebrand's disease (Type I) with factor VIII levels greater than 5%. DDAVP will often maintain hemostasis in patients with mild to moderate von Willebrand's disease during surgical procedures and postoperatively when administered 30 minutes prior to the scheduled procedure.
DDAVP will usually stop bleeding in mild to moderate von Willebrand's patients with episodes of spontaneous or trauma-induced injuries such as hemarthroses, intramuscular hematomas or mucosal bleeding.
Those von Willebrand's disease patients who are least likely to respond are those with severe homozygous von Willebrand's disease with factor VIII coagulant activity and factor VIII von Willebrand factor antigen levels less than 1%. Other patients may respond in a variable fashion depending on the type of molecular defect they have. Bleeding time and factor VIII coagulant activity, ristocetin cofactor activity, and von Willebrand factor antigen should be checked during administration of DDAVP to ensure that adequate levels are being achieved.
DDAVP is not indicated for the treatment of severe classic von Willebrand's disease (Type I) and when there is evidence of an abnormal molecular form of factor VIII antigen. (See WARNINGS.)
Diabetes Insipidus: DDAVP Injection 4 µg/mL is indicated as antidiuretic replacement therapy in the management of central (cranial) diabetes insipidus and for the management of the temporary polyuria and polydipsia following head trauma or surgery in the pituitary region. DDAVP is ineffective for the treatment of nephrogenic diabetes insipidus.
DDAVP is also available as an intranasal preparation. However, this means of delivery can be compromised by a variety of factors that can make nasal insufflation ineffective or inappropriate. These include poor intranasal absorption, nasal congestion and blockage, nasal discharge, atrophy of nasal mucosa, and severe atrophic rhinitis. Intranasal delivery may be inappropriate where there is an impaired level of consciousness. In addition, cranial surgical procedures, such as transsphenoidal hypophysectomy, create situations where an alternative route of administration is needed as in cases of nasal packing or recovery from surgery.
Published Studies Related to Ddavp Injection (Desmopressin)
Desmopressin and oxybutynin in monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis: a randomized,
double-blind, placebo-controlled trial and an assessment of predictive factors. 
evaluated... CONCLUSIONS: Our findings highlight that anticholinergic agents may play an
Efficacy and safety of desmopressin for treatment of nocturia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of double-blinded trials. [2011.09.07]
PURPOSE: The purpose of this analysis was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of desmopressin for the treatment of nocturia... CONCLUSIONS: Administered desmopressin was an effective and well-tolerated treatment for nocturia.
Desmopressin acetate in percutaneous ultrasound-guided kidney biopsy: a randomized controlled trial. [2011.06]
BACKGROUND: Bleeding complications occur in one-third of percutaneous kidney biopsies and increase costs of the hospital stay. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of prebiopsy administration of desmopressin acetate versus placebo in the incidence of postbiopsy bleeding complications... CONCLUSIONS: Prebiopsy desmopressin administration decreases the risk of bleeding and hematoma size in patients undergoing percutaneous kidney biopsy without a cost increase. Copyright (c) 2011 National Kidney Foundation, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Patients with severe aortic valve stenosis and impaired platelet function benefit from preoperative desmopressin infusion. [2011.05]
BACKGROUND: Patients with severe aortic valve stenosis have a markedly reduced platelet function as measured by a prolonged collagen adenosine diphosphate closure time (CADP-CT) determined by the platelet function analyzer PFA-100. We hypothesized that such patients may benefit from desmopressin when they present with prolonged CADP-CT due to the specific action of desmopressin on von Willebrand factor (VWF) and CADP-CT... CONCLUSIONS: Prolonged CADP-CT indicates platelet dysfunction in severe aortic valve stenosis, and can guide the use of desmopressin as an effective prohemostatic agent in patients with severe aortic valve stenosis. Copyright (c) 2011 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Desmopressin as a pharmacological tool in vasopressinergic hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis modulation: neuroendocrine, cardiovascular and coagulatory effects. [2011.03]
Arginine-vasopressin (AVP) is a physiological co-activator of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, together with corticotrophin releasing hormone (CRH)... A 10 mug dDAVP bolus is considered a safe vasopressinergic function test at which no confounding effects of systemic or autonomic stress were seen.
Clinical Trials Related to Ddavp Injection (Desmopressin)
Desmopressin Response in the Young [Completed]
The purpose of this study is to determine whether desmopressin administered as a melt tablet
is effective in reducing the number of wet nights in children and adolescents who suffer from
Efficacy and Safety of IL-11 in DDAVP Unresponsive [Recruiting]
The purpose of this study is to determine the biologic efficacy and safety of rhIL-11 when
given subcutaneously in adults with moderate or mild hemophilia A or Von Willebrand disease
unresponsive to DDAVP. Biologic efficacy will be measured by the number and percent increase
of VWD coagulation tests (FVIII: C, VWF: Ag, VWF: RCo, closure time, APTT, and VWF multimers)
to the normal range, or at least to 1. 5-3 time baseline, following dosing of rhIL-11 when
given daily for 4 days, and boosted by DDAVP infusion on day 4, in those in whom DDAVP is
not contraindicated. Safety will be measured by the frequency of adverse events, including
fever, headache, fatigue, myalgias, arthralgias, fluid retention, or edema.
Effect of Aspirin, Hemodilution and Desmopressin on Platelet Dysfunction [Not yet recruiting]
Study hypothesis: Desmopressin (DDAVP) can improve platelet function under influence of
aspirin, hemodilution and mild hypothermia
Mild hypothermia (34-35oC) is known to cause platelet dysfunction. This could lead to
increased surgical bleeding and increased transfusion requirement during surgery. Although
this hypothermia-induced platelet dysfunction seems to be reversible with warming, this is
not always possible or desirable.
Desmopressin (DDAVP) is a drug which has proven efficacy in improving platelet function in
uraemic and cirrhosis patients, and in reducing blood loss in selected surgeries. In a
recent study, we have found that subcutaneous injection of 1. 5 mcg (1/10th the usual dose)
is already sufficient to fully reverse the platelet dysfunction seen at 32oC. We have
demonstrated in another study that prolongation of the bleeding time in a 20% hemodiluted
sample predicts increased postoperative bleeding after total knee replacement.
We have therefore designed this study as a follow up to our last two studies on DDAVP and
hypothermia, to investigate whether hemodilution affects hypothermia induced platelet
dysfunction and the response to DDAVP. In addition, another common cause of perioperative
platelet dysfunction is the intake of COX inhibitors, particularly aspirin by patients.
Therefor the effect of aspirin on hypothermia induced platelet dysfunction and the response
to DDAVP, will also be investigated.
Analgesic Efficacy of Intranasal Desmopressin in Acute Renal Colic [Recruiting]
In this study we will compare pain intensity and side effects at different time points after
the intranasal administration of desmopressin or placebo in patients with acute renal colic
Perioperative Use of Desmopressin (DDAVP) in Breast Cancer [Recruiting]
The propose for this study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of desmopressin when
administered perioperatively to patients with breast cancer undergoing surgery as first
treatment, and select the optimum dose for the clinical development of the product.
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