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DDAVP (1-desamino-8-D-arginine-vasopressin) is a synthetic hormone. It tells the kidneys to slow down urine production. It is used to decrease bedwetting. It was available as a nasal spray and in tablet form. It works for 4 to 8 hours (or more) while you sleep. DDAVP does not cure bedwetting; it only works on the nights it is used. It works in 70-85% of children using it for bedwetting. Many children using DDAVP will not have any bedwetting while using it. Others will have about half the wet nights they would have without it. This medicine is quite expensive, and it is not unusual for insurance companies to have some restrictions about covering DDAVP's use. Some insurance plans require that a bed-wetting alarm be used to decrease (or stop entirely) bedwetting before they will cover the DDAVP medication. The following tips are intended to allow the use of the lowest dose possible for success.
Call during routine office hours if you have questions about DDAVP.
Two web sites have good information available about bed-wetting and DDAVP:
http://bedwettingstore.com for the Bed Wetting Store
http://www.healthychildren.org for the Healthy Children’s page on Bed-wetting.