Desmopressin (DDAVP)

What is it?

Desmopressin is a man-made medication that has the same effect as antidiuretic hormone (a hormone naturally produced in the body). It increases water retention and promotes the release of von Willebrand Factor and Factor VIII in patients with disorders that impair their blood clotting. The two previously mentioned factors help with blood clotting. This product does NOT contain any human blood components.

How is it given?

This medication goes directly into your bloodstream through a tube in your arm.

What are the benefits?

Desmopressin is helpful for patients with a blood clotting disorder. In these patients, it will increase the release of von Willebrand Factor and Factor VIII, which will help in blood clotting.

What are the risks or side effects?

Desmopressin may cause headaches, facial flushing or nausea (stomach sickness).