Desmopressin Acetate

Desmopressin Acetate is prescribed to treat Diabetes Insipidus in dogs and cats. This condition is characterised by excessive thirst and the excretion of very dilute urine, and if fluid intake is reduced, there is no effect on urine concentration levels.

Depending on the dosage required this medication may be given orally or administered as an eye drop in the conjunctival sac.


If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them.  If you notice anything unusual, contact your vets immediately.

Medicine Storage

Ensure this medication kept out of children’s reach. Store the eye drops in the refrigerator and the tablets in a cool, dry place.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. Medications that may interact with desmopressin acetate: chlorpropamide, carbamazepine, clofibrate, fludrocortisones, urea, lithium, epinephrine, demeclocycline, heparin or alcohol.

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