Ddavp Injection (Desmopressin) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Ddavp Injection
Ddvap Injection is used for preventing dehydration and controlling excess urination and increased thirst caused by diabetes insipidus (water diabetes), brain surgery, or a head injury.
Desmopressin (generic name of this drug) is a man-made form of vasopressin, a hormone that helps our body regulate the production of urine, use of water, blood pressure, and blood flow. Regular use of this drug ensures that the level of vasopressin in the body is adequate. This, in turn, ensures the normal working of bodily functions that this hormone controls.
Side Effects for Ddavp Injection
Before you start any medical treatment, you should be aware of its possible side effects. So, it is recommended that you read the patient information leaflet that you receive when you buy Ddvap Injection. This leaflet should contain a complete list of side effects that this drug may cause. In addition, before starting treatment, you may consider talking to your doctor about what side effects to expect and how to deal with them.
Some patients who buy Ddvap Injection may experience the following serious side effects: sudden and unexplained weight gain, swelling, severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, headache, or weakness, loss of appetite, muscle pain, weakness, cramps or spasms, seizures, loss of consciousness, mental/mood changes, or fainting. If you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
In addition to the above, Desmopressin may also cause mild side effects such as mild diarrhea, headache, or nausea. These side effects only last for a few days and generally occur during the start of the treatment.
An allergic reaction to Ddvap Injection is extremely rare. However, a patient must seek immediate medical assistance if he/she shows symptoms of allergic reactions (wheezing, difficulty breathing, hives, skin rashes, and swelling of certain body parts such as the face, tongue, or lips).
Do not use this drug if you have or ever had hyponatremia (a condition of low level of sodium in the blood) or severe kidney disease. In addition, patients who are allergic to Desmopressin should also not use this drug.
To ensure that Ddvap Injection is safe for you, inform your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have cystic fibrosis, heart failure, or coronary heart disease. If you suffer from any of the aforementioned conditions, your doctor may ask you to undergo special tests, or he/she may recommend dose adjustments.
Pregnant or lactating women should use this medication only if their doctor advises them to do so.
During the course of Ddvap Injection treatment, you will need to reduce your fluid intake. Your doctor will advise you about how much fluid you should take. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and do not exceed the recommended fluid intake.
Ddavp Injection Dosage
Depending on the condition being treated and your response to therapy, your doctor will prescribe the right dose for you. Generally, in adults, Ddvap Injection 4mcg/ml is given at a dose of Ddvap 0.3 per kg body weight.
Before starting treatment, tell your doctor about all the medicines that you are taking, especially if you use NSAIDs, high blood pressure medications, tricyclic antidepressants, vasopressin, chlorpromazine, carbamazepine, or beta-blockers.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.