Podcast #250: Desmopressin - The Emergency Medical Minute

Author: Rachael Duncan, PharmD BCPS BCCCP

Educational Pearls

  • Desmopressin is an ADH mimetic and helps retain water, release von Willibrand Factor (in high doses), and treat diabetes insipidus (in low doses).
  • It can also be used in renal colic, because it may reduce muscle spasm in the ureters.
  • The dosing for renal colic is very small (40 micrograms).

References: http://reference.medscape.com/drug/ddavp-stimate-noctiva-desmopressin-342819

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