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Desmopressin (nasal) is a hemostatic and metabolic agent that is FDA approved for the treatment of central cranial diabetes insipidus, temporary polyuria and polydipsia following head trauma or surgery in the pituitary region. Common adverse reactions include transient headache, nausea, nasal congestion, rhinitis, flushing, abdominal cramps, nosebleed, sore throat, cough, and upper respiratory infections.
Adult Indications and Dosage
FDA-Labeled Indications and Dosage (Adult)
Central Cranial Diabetes Insipidus
- Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray is indicated as antidiuretic replacement therapy in the management of central diabetes insipidus and for management of the temporary polyuria and polydipsia following head trauma or surgery in the pituitary region. It is ineffective for the treatment of nephrogenic diabetes insipidus.
- The use of Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray in patients with an established diagnosis will result in a reduction in urinary output with increase in urine osmolality and a decrease in plasma osmolality This will allow the resumption of a more normal life-style with decrease in urinary frequency and nocturia.
- There are reports of an occasional change in response with time, usually greater than 6 months. Some patients may show a decreased responsiveness, others a shortened duration of effect. There is no evidence this effect is due to the development of binding antibodies but may be due to a local inactivation of the peptide.
- Patients are selected for therapy by establishing the diagnosis by means of the water deprivation test, the hypertonic saline infusion test, and/or the response to antidiuretic hormone. Continued response to intranasal desmopressin acetate can be monitored by urine volume and osmolality.
- Desmopressin Acetate is also available as a solution for injection when the intranasal route may be compromised. These situations include nasal congestion and blockage, nasal discharge, atrophy of nasal mucosa, and severe atrophic rhinitis. Intranasal delivery may also 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.
Central Cranial Diabetes Insipidus
- Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray dosage must be determined for each individual patient and adjusted according to the diurnal pattern of response. Response should be estimated by two parameters: adequate duration of sleep and adequate, not excessive, water turnover. Patients with nasal congestion and blockage have often responded well to intranasal Desmopressin Acetate. The usual dosage range in adults is 0.1 mL (10 mcg) to 0.4 mL (40 mcg) daily, either as a single dose or divided into two or three doses. Most adults require 0.2 mL (20 mcg) daily in two divided doses.
- The morning and evening doses should be separately adjusted for an adequate diurnal rhythm of water turnover. For children aged 3 months to 12 years, the usual dosage range is 0.05 mL (5 mcg) to 0.3 mL (30 mcg) daily, either as a single dose or divided into two doses. About 1/4 to 1/3 of patients can be controlled by a single daily dose of Desmopressin Acetate administered intranasally. Fluid restriction should be observed.
- The nasal spray pump can only deliver doses of 0.1 mL (10 mcg) or multiples of 0.1 mL. If doses other than these are required, the rhinal tube delivery system may be used.
- The spray pump must be primed prior to the first use. To prime pump, press down four times. The bottle will now deliver 10 mcg of drug per spray. Discard Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray after 50 sprays since the amount delivered thereafter per spray may be substantially less than 10 mcg of drug.
Off-Label Use and Dosage (Adult)
There is limited information regarding Off-Label Guideline-Supported Use of Desmopressin (nasal) in adult patients.
There is limited information regarding Off-Label Non–Guideline-Supported Use of Desmopressin (nasal) in adult patients.
Pediatric Indications and Dosage
FDA-Labeled Indications and Dosage (Pediatric)
There is limited information regarding Desmopressin (nasal) FDA-Labeled Indications and Dosage (Pediatric) in the drug label.
Off-Label Use and Dosage (Pediatric)
There is limited information regarding Off-Label Guideline-Supported Use of Desmopressin (nasal) in pediatric patients.
There is limited information regarding Off-Label Non–Guideline-Supported Use of Desmopressin (nasal) in pediatric patients.
- Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray is contraindicated in individuals with known hypersensitivity to desmopressin acetate or to any of the components of Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray.
- Desmopressin Acetate is contraindicated in patients with moderate to severe renal impairment (defined as a creatinine clearance below 50 mL/min).
- For intranasal use only.
- Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray should only be used in patients where orally administered formulations are not feasible.
- Very rare cases of hyponatremia have been reported from world-wide postmarketing experience in patients treated with Desmopressin Acetate. Desmopressin Acetate is a potent antidiuretic which, when administered, may lead to water intoxication and/or hyponatremia. Unless properly diagnosed and treated hyponatremia can be fatal. Therefore, fluid restriction is recommended and should be discussed with the patient and/or guardian. Careful medical supervision is required.
- When Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray is administered, in particular in pediatric and geriatric patients, fluid intake should be adjusted downward in order to decrease the potential occurrence of water intoxication and hyponatremia. All patients receiving Desmopressin Acetate therapy should be observed for the following signs or symptoms associated with hyponatremia: headache, nausea/vomiting, decreased serum sodium, weight gain, restlessness, fatigue, lethargy, disorientation, depressed reflexes, loss appetite, irritability, muscle weakness, muscle spasms or cramps and abnormal mental status such as hallucinations, decreased consciousness and confusion. Severe symptoms may include one or a combination of the following: seizure, coma and/or respiratory arrest. Particular attention should be paid to the possibility of the rare occurrence of an extreme decrease in plasma osmolality that may result in seizures which could lead to coma.
Desmopressin Acetate should be used with caution in patients with habitual or psychogenic polydipsia who may be more likely to drink excessive amounts of water, putting them at greater risk of hyponatremia.
- Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray at high dosage has infrequently produced a slight elevation of blood pressure, which disappeared with a reduction in dosage. The drug should be used with caution in patients with coronary artery insufficiency and/or hypertensive cardiovascular disease because of possible rise in blood pressure.
- Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray should be used with caution in patients with conditions associated with fluid and electrolyte imbalance, such as cystic fibrosis, heart failure and renal disorders because these patients are prone to hyponatremia.
- Rare severe allergic reactions have been reported with desmopressin acetate. Anaphylaxis has been reported rarely with intravenous administration and intranasal administration of desmopressin acetate.
Central Cranial Diabetes Insipidus
- Since Desmopressin Acetate is used intranasally, changes in the nasal mucosa such as scarring, edema, or other disease may cause erratic, unreliable absorption in which case intranasal Desmopressin Acetate should not be used. For such situations, desmopressin acetate injection should be considered.
- Laboratory tests for following the patient with central cranial diabetes insipidus or post-surgical or head trauma-related polyuria and polydipsia include urine volume and osmolality In some cases plasma osmolality measurements may be required.
Clinical Trials Experience
- Infrequently, high dosages of intranasal Desmopressin Acetate have produced transient headache and nausea. Nasal congestion, rhinitis and flushing have also been reported occasionally along with mild abdominal cramps. These symptoms disappeared with reduction in dosage. Nosebleed, sore throat, cough and upper respiratory infections have also been reported.
- The following table lists the percent of patients having adverse experiences without regard to relationship to study drug from the pooled pivotal study data for nocturnal enuresis.
- There have been rare reports of hyponatremia convulsions associated with concomitant use with the following medications: oxybutinin and imipramine.
- Although the pressor activity of Desmopressin Acetate is very low compared to the antidiuretic activity, use of large doses of intranasal Desmopressin Acetate with other pressor agents should only be done with careful patient monitoring. The concomitant administration of drugs that may increase the risk of water intoxication with hyponatremia, (e.g., tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, chlorpromazine, opiate analgesics, NSAIDs, lamotrigine and carbamazepine) should be performed with caution.
Use in Specific Populations
- Fertility studies have not been done. Teratology studies in rats and rabbits at doses from 0.05 to 10 mcg/kg/day (approximately 0.1 times the maximum systemic human exposure in rats and up to 38 times the maximum systemic human exposure in rabbits based on surface area, mg/m2) revealed no harm to the fetus due to desmopressin acetate. There are, however, no adequate and well controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
- Several publications of desmopressin acetate's use in the management of diabetes insipidus during pregnancy are available; these include a few anecdotal reports of congenital anomalies and low birth weight babies. However, no causal connection between these events and desmopressin acetate has been established. A fifteen year Swedish epidemiologic study of the use of desmopressin acetate in pregnant women with diabetes insipidus found the rate of birth defects to be no greater than that in the general population. However, the statistical power of this study is low. As opposed to preparations containing natural hormones, desmopressin acetate in antidiuretic doses has no uterotonic action and the physician will have to weigh the therapeutic advantages against the possible risks in each case.
Pregnancy Category (AUS): There is no Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (ADEC) guidance on usage of Desmopressin (nasal) in women who are pregnant.
Labor and Delivery
There is no FDA guidance on use of Desmopressin (nasal) during labor and delivery.
- There have been no controlled studies in nursing mothers. A single study in postpartum women demonstrated a marked change in plasma, but little if any change in assayable desmopressin acetate in breast milk following an intranasal dose of 10 mcg. It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when desmopressin acetate is administered to a nursing woman.
Central Cranial Diabetes Insipidus
- Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray has been used in children with diabetes insipidus. Use in infants and children will require careful fluid intake restriction to prevent possible hyponatremia and water intoxication. The dose must be individually adjusted to the patient with attention in the very young to the danger of an extreme decrease in plasma osmolality with resulting convulsions. Dose should start at 0.05 mL or less. Since the spray cannot deliver less than 0.1 mL (10 mcg), smaller doses should be administered using the rhinal tube delivery system. Do not use the nasal spray in pediatric patients requiring less than 0.1 mL (10 mcg) per dose.
- Clinical studies of Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger subjects. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at a low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or drug therapy.
- This drug is known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of toxic reactions to this drug may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function. Desmopressin Acetate is contraindicated in patients with moderate to severe renal impairment (defines as a creatinine clearance below 50 mL/min).
- Use of Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray in geriatric patients will require careful fluid intake restriction to prevent possible hyponatremia and water intoxication.
- There are reports of an occasional change in response with time, usually greater than 6 months. Some patients may show a decreased responsiveness, others a shortened duration of effect. There is no evidence this is due to the development of binding antibodies but may be due to a local inactivation of the peptide.
There is no FDA guidance on the use of Desmopressin (nasal) with respect to specific gender populations.
There is no FDA guidance on the use of Desmopressin (nasal) with respect to specific racial populations.
There is no FDA guidance on the use of Desmopressin (nasal) in patients with renal impairment.
There is no FDA guidance on the use of Desmopressin (nasal) in patients with hepatic impairment.
Females of Reproductive Potential and Males
There is no FDA guidance on the use of Desmopressin (nasal) in women of reproductive potentials and males.
There is no FDA guidance one the use of Desmopressin (nasal) in patients who are immunocompromised.
Administration and Monitoring
- Nasal Spray
There is limited information regarding Desmopressin (nasal) Monitoring in the drug label.
There is limited information regarding the compatibility of Desmopressin (nasal) and IV administrations.
- Signs of overdosage may include confusion, drowsiness, continuing headache, problems with passing urine and rapid weight gain due to fluid retention. In case of overdosage, the dose should be reduced, frequency of administration decreased, or the drug withdrawn according to the severity of the condition. There is no known specific antidote for desmopressin acetate or Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray.
- An oral LD50 has not been established. An intravenous dose of 2 mg/kg in mice demonstrated no effect.
Mechanism of Action
- Desmopressin acetate contains as active substance 1-(3-mercaptopropionic acid)-8-D-arginine vasopressin, which is a synthetic analogue of the natural hormone arginine vasopressin. One mL (0.1 mg) of intranasal desmopressin acetate has an antidiuretic activity of about 400 International Units (IU); 10 mcg of desmopressin acetate is equivalent to 40 IU. The change in structure of arginine vasopressin to desmopressin acetate has resulted in a decreased vasopressor action and decreased actions on visceral smooth muscle relative to the enhanced antiduretic activity, so that clinically effective antiduretic doses are usually below threshold levels for effects on vascular or visceral smooth muscle.
- Desmopressin acetate administered intranasally has an antiduretic effect about one-tenth that of an equivalent dose administered by injection.
- Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray is a synthetic analogue of the natural pituitary hormone 8-arginine vasopressin (ADH), an antidiuretic hormone affecting renal water conservation. It is chemically defined as follows:
- Mol. wt. 1183.34
Empirical formula: C46H64N14O12S2•C2H4O2•3H2O
- 1-(3-mercaptopropionic acid)-8-D-arginine vasopressin monoacetate (salt) trihydrate.
- Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray is provided as an aqueous solution for intranasal use.
- Each mL contains:
- Desmopressin acetate 0.1 mg
- Sodium chloride 7.5 mg
- Citric acid monohydrate 1.7 mg
- Disodium phosphate dihydrate 3 mg
- Benzalkonium chloride solution (50%) 0.2 mg
- The Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray compression pump delivers 0.1 mL (10 mcg) of desmopressin acetate per spray.
There is limited information regarding Desmopressin (nasal) Pharmacodynamics in the drug label.
- Intranasal Desmopressin Acetate is absorbed from the nasal mucosa. Desmopressin Acetate exhibits a biphasic elimination profile, with half-lives of 7.8 and 75.5 minutes for the initial and terminal phases, respectively, in contrast to lysine vasopressin, which has initial and terminal phase half-lives of 2.5 and 14.5 minutes, respectively. Desmopressin Acetate is mainly excreted in the urine. A pharmacokinetic study conducted in healthy volunteers and patients with mild, moderate, and severe renal impairment (n=24, 6 subjects each group) receiving single dose Desmopressin Acetate (2 mcg) injection demonstrated a difference in Desmopressin Acetate half-life. Terminal half-life significantly increased from 3 hours in normal healthy patients to 9 hours in patients with severe renal impairment.
There is limited information regarding Desmopressin (nasal) Nonclinical Toxicology in the drug label.
There is limited information regarding Desmopressin (nasal) Clinical Studies in the drug label.
Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray is available as a 5 mL bottle with spray pump delivering 50 sprays of 10 mcg (NDC 66993-025-01).
U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,500,413, 5,596,078, and 5,674,850
- Store at Controlled Room Temperature 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F) [see USP].
- STORE BOTTLE IN UPRIGHT POSITION.
- Keep out of the reach of children.
Package and Label Display Panel
5 ML BOTTLE CARTON
10 mcg per 0.1 mL
5 mL (50 sprays)
Attention Pharmacist- detach patient's instructions from package insert and dispense with spray pump.
Patient Counseling Information
- Ensure that in children administration is under adult supervision in order to control the dose intake. Patients should be informed that the Desmopressin Acetate Nasal Spray bottle accurately delivers 50 sprays of 10 mcg each. Any solution remaining after 50 sprays should be discarded since the amount delivered thereafter may be substantially less than 10 mcg of drug. No attempt should be made to transfer remaining solution to another bottle. Patients should be instructed to read accompanying directions on use of the spray pump carefully before use.
- Fluid intake should be adjusted downward based upon discussion with the physician.
Precautions with Alcohol
Alcohol-Desmopressin (nasal) interaction has not been established. Talk to your doctor about the effects of taking alcohol with this medication.
- DDAVP Nasal
Look-Alike Drug Names
There is limited information regarding Desmopressin (nasal) Look-Alike Drug Names in the drug label.
The contents of this FDA label are provided by the National Library of Medicine.