Details of Vasopressin Salt (Generic Drug)

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Vasopressin is a man-made form of a hormone called "anti-diuretic hormone" that is normally secreted by the pituitary gland. Vasopressin acts on the kidneys and blood vessels. Vasopressin helps prevent loss of water from the body by reducing urine output and helping the kidneys reabsorb water into the body. Vasopressin also raises blood pressure by narrowing blood vessels. Vasopressin is used to treat diabetes insipidus, which is caused by a lack of a naturally occurring pituitary hormone in the body. Vasopressin is also used to treat or prevent certain conditions of the stomach after surgery or during abdominal x-rays. To make sure vasopressin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have coronary artery disease (hardened arteries) heart disease kidney disease asthma migraine headaches or epilepsy or other seizure disorder.


Typical Uses

Vasopressin is used to treat diabetes insipidus (rare disease that causes frequent urination due to deficiency of pituitary hormone vasopressin). It also used to prevent and treat bleeding from oesophageal varices and abdominal distention after surgery or during abdominal x-rays.


Side Effects

Common vasopressin side effects may include chest pain or tight feeling chest pain or tight feeling slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, slow breathing loss of colour in your lips or around your mouth numbness or tingling in your hands or feet or pain or loss of feeling anywhere in your body.


Drug Interactions

  • Vasopressin+amiodarone- Using amiodarone together with vasopressin can increase the risk of an irregular heart rhythm that may be serious and potentially life-threatening, although it is a relatively rare side effect. You may be more susceptible if you have a heart condition called congenital long QT syndrome, other cardiac diseases, conduction abnormalities, or electrolyte disturbances.
  • Vasopressin+cisapride- You should only take cisapride if you are prescribed the medication through an investigational limited access program and are closely monitored by your doctor. Using cisapride together with vasopressin is not recommended. Combining these medications can increase the risk of an irregular heart rhythm that may be serious and potentially life-threatening, although it is a relatively rare side effect.
  • Vasopressin+dofetilide- Using dofetilide together with vasopressin can increase the risk of an irregular heart rhythm that may be serious and potentially life-threatening, although it is a relatively rare side effect. You may be more susceptible if you have a heart condition called congenital long QT syndrome, other cardiac diseases, conduction abnormalities, or electrolyte disturbances.
  • Vasopressin+gatifloxacin- Using gatifloxacin together with vasopressin can increase the risk of an irregular heart rhythm that may be serious and potentially life-threatening, although it is a relatively rare side effect. You may be more susceptible if you have a heart condition called congenital long QT syndrome, other cardiac diseases, conduction abnormalities, or electrolyte disturbances.


Mechanism of action

Vasopressin belongs to a class of medications called anti-diuretic hormone. Vasopressin helps to prevent loss of water from the body by reducing urine output and helping the kidneys to reabsorb water into the body.


Pregnancy Category : C


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