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How long does it take to get ddavp (desmopressin) for bedwetting out of a child's system ?

How long does it take to get ddavp (desmopressin) for bedwetting out of a child's system ?

Hours: Ddavp (desmopressin) is a fast acting medication. It must be given each night to see an effect on bed wetting. Its effect is usually completely gone within 6 to 8 hours after administration. ...Read more

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Does desmopressin (the bedwetting medication) help diminish bedwetting or stops it all together?

Neither: The medication actually decreases urine production by mimicing a natural hormone we make to help us hold on to water when we are not drinking much. Once the medication exits the body, the effect is gone and you make as much pee as you would normally.By cutting down on night urine production it helps some kids stay dry through the night.It doesn't cure anything. ...Read more

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Ddavp (desmopressin) suddenly stopped working for bedwetting?

Ddavp (desmopressin) suddenly stopped working for bedwetting?

Happens to some: Increasing the dose may help, unless your child or you, if you are the patient, are taking what I have found to be a maximal effective dose of 0.6mg (3 x 0, 2mg tabs). An other approach is to try a bed wetting is to use a bedwetting alarm in combination ddavp, (desmopressin) then try and taper DDAVP (desmopressin) after at least 14 consecutive dry nights have been achieved. Good luck. ...Read more

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For bedwetting, in an 8 yr old child, what is the max amount of ddavp (desmopressin) he can take each night?

For bedwetting, in an 8 yr old child, what is the max amount of ddavp (desmopressin) he can take each night?

Check with your doc: Usually start off with .2mg and can increase by increments of .2mg (to .4mg) and max .6mg at bedtime. ...Read more

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Is ddavp nasal spray safe for use everyday for bedwetting?

Is ddavp nasal spray safe for use everyday for bedwetting?

Yes: Ddavp (desmopressin) is the most commonly prescribed medication for bed wetting. It is safe as long as fluids are restricted to prevent water intoxication. However, medication for bed wetting is not a cure, it is a means of controlling the problem. The best means of treating is with a bedwetting alarm system which is 100% safe and can effect a cure iin >80% of children who are able to awaken with the alarm. ...Read more

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My son is 8 diagnosed with ADHD and on meds. He is having bed wetting issues and taking desmopressin .2mg 3 tablets nightly still no luck! suggestions?

My son is 8 diagnosed with ADHD and on meds. He is having bed wetting issues and taking desmopressin .2mg 3 tablets nightly still no luck! suggestions?

Several: Alternatives include Imipramine, a tricyclic antidepressant given before bed. Been used for decades. Also there are alarm pads that signal if even a drop of urine is passed. Make sure to limit fluids after dinner. Make sure he goes to the bathroom before bed. You might consider getting him up to use the bathroom before you go to bed. ...Read more

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For bedwetting, what do you think about using the nasal spray desmopressin acetate?

Helpful but...: Desmopression nasal spray was used in the past but has been replaced with oral pills because of side effect of lowering blood sodium level. ...Read more

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8 yr old boy. Bedwetting, periodic night terrors, deep sleeper. Catheterized as toddler in er. On 1/2-1 ddavp (desmopressin) .2 nightly for 2 mos. What is next step to help him? Long trm effects of ddavp (desmopressin)?

8 yr old boy.  Bedwetting, periodic night terrors, deep sleeper.  Catheterized as toddler in er. On 1/2-1 ddavp (desmopressin) .2 nightly for 2 mos.  What is next step to help him?  Long trm effects of ddavp (desmopressin)?

Nocturnal enuresis: Sounds like enuresis is nocturnal only. Is he a dysfunctional voider? Is he constipated? You should consult with a pediatric urologist. Somtimes anti-cholinergic agents help. Ddavp used long term really have not much effect. It is a hormone secreted naturally by kidneys to concentrate urine. ...Read more

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How to stop bedwetting ?

How to stop bedwetting ?

Very difficult: Bedwetting (enuresis) indicates that the control mechanisms of the automatic (autonomic) nervous system are irritable. This can be induced easily by poor diet, particularly the intake of sugar. Voluntary control comes with normal maturation (i.e. Growing up) and that demands good body/brain chemistry. ...Read more

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