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Brand name: Octostim

Octostim is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) desmopressin. On this page you will find out more about Octostim, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: desmopressin

Over 65 years of age?

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Information for medicine and pack size:
Octostim 15 microgram/mL injection solution, 10 x 1 mL ampoules

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Mild and Moderate Haemophillia A and von Willebrands Disease: By intravenous infusion only, for the increase of factor VIII levels in patients undergoing dental or minor surgery. Not to be used in type IIB von Willebrands disease since platelet aggregation may be induced.,Bleeding in Patients with Platelet Dysfunction: Treatment of excessive bleeding in patients with congenital or acquired clinical conditions associated with platelet dysfunction which is characterised by a prolonged bleeding time except Glanzmanns thrombasthenia or platelet cyclo-oxygenase deficiency.,Examples are patients with uraemia, congenital or drug induced platelet dysfunction and patients undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass for prosthetic valve replacement or aorto-coronary bypass grafting especially when it is complicated by platelet function defects sufficient to prolong bleeding time despite relatively normal platelet cover. Desmopressin acetate offers no benefit as routine therapy in patients having an uncomplicated (simple) cardiopulmonary bypass procedure.,There is no definite evidence of efficacy in bleeding associated with cirrhosis of the liver and such use is not recommended.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Clear, colourless solution.
Dosage Form Injection, solution
Route of administration Intravenous
Medicine schedule
10 x 1mL: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Ampoule
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Do not Freeze,Protect from Light,Refrigerate
Life time 4 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

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