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Brand name: Octostim TM

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Active ingredients: desmopressin

What it is used 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.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
  • Do not Freeze
  • Refrigerate
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 4 Years.

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Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear, colourless solution.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Over 65?

This medicine contains the active ingredients:

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.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient desmopressin

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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