DDAVP nasal spray is a medication used to treat bedwetting in children. It delivers a .1mL dose of 10mcg desmopressin acetate per use. The drug reduces urinary production by the kidneys. Kidneys produce the drug themselves, but taking the drug for bedwetting increases the amount in the bloodstream and helps reduce urine output further.
Only doctors can prescribe DDAVP nasal spray for bedwetting. The best time of the night to use the spray is between 30 minutes to an hour before going to bed. One spray can be used in either nostril and it starts to take effect about an hour after using.
DDAVP is generally used to help treat bedwetting when away from home such as a sleepover, overnight camp or while on vacation. At home, there are any number of other things that can control bedwetting, but DDAVP can also be used at home.
The drug is shown to be very effective during the first six months of use. After six months, your child may become accustomed to the drug and it might not work as well.
DDAVP nasal spray is only one method of how to administer the drug. There are also tablets and injection versions of the drug. However, the nasal spray is the easiest for parents to help children with.
Side effects of DDAVP nasal spray
Side effects of using the medication may involve headaches and nausea. Other side effects can include heartburn, nosebleed, sore throat, and a variety of other symptoms. If your child experiences any side effects from DDAVP nasal spray, they should notify their doctor immediately.
Whether or not to start using the nasal spray to help control bedwetting is up to you and your child’s doctor. Dry-bed training and alarm training may be better for a more permanent solution.