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Vasopressin

Pronunciation

Generic Name: vasopressin (VAY-soe-PRES-in)
Brand Name: Vasostrict

Vasopressin is used for:

Treating low blood pressure in very ill patients. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Vasopressin is a peripheral vasoconstrictor. It works by making blood vessels narrower, which increases blood pressure.

Do NOT use vasopressin if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in vasopressin, to 8-L-arginine, or to chlorobutanol

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using vasopressin:

Some medical conditions may interact with vasopressin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you are taking furosemide
  • if you have heart problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with vasopressin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Chlorpropamide, cyclophosphamide, enalapril, felbamate, haloperidol, ifosfamide, indomethacin, methyldopa, pentamidine, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine), tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline), or vincristine because they may increase the risk of vasopressin's side effects
  • Clozapine, demeclocycline, foscarnet, or lithium because they may decrease vasopressin's effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if vasopressin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use vasopressin:

Use vasopressin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Vasopressin is given as an infusion at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • If you miss a dose of vasopressin, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use vasopressin.

Important safety information:

  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take vasopressin before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using vasopressin while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use vasopressin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of vasopressin:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with vasopressin. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain or pressure.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of vasopressin:

Vasopressin is handled and stored by a health care provider. You will not store it at home. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about vasopressin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Vasopressin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take vasopressin or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about vasopressin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to vasopressin. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using vasopressin.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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