Bedwetting/Desmopressin Drug Therapy – Warning!
Over the years, we’ve heard from hundreds of families who have tried medication to end bedwetting. They have expressed their frustration with this being the foremost advice from doctors, especially when the drugs are often found to be ineffective, or, if effective at all, the bedwetting resumes automatically once the drugs are removed from the bedwetter’s system.
Most disconcerting is the fact that these drugs are being prescribed for children, especially when it’s not effective for treating the underlying cause of bedwetting: The deep sleep disorder. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, less than 1% of bedwetting is ever caused by a medical problem.
A Word From Our Founder Regarding Medication For Bedwetting:
“Sometimes drugs work temporarily, and sometimes they’re absolutely no help at all,” says Barbara Moore. “Ultimately they don’t get to the root cause.” Her holistic approach focuses on treating an inherited deep sleep disorder. This theory is supported by scientific research from Dr. Roger Broughton, a neurologist.
“When you’re in the deep sleep, the brain and bladder can’t make the connection to let you know the bladder is full, and then bedwetting occurs. So if you’re trying to treat bedwetting with drugs, you’re not treating the issue itself – you’re treating the symptom. You’ve got to go beneath the surface.”
Ms. Moore says doctors in the United States prescribe DDAVP far too casually, often setting a patient up for big disappointment. “Older children still bedwetting get their hopes up, and then if the drug doesn’t work, it becomes another failure experience for them,” she says.
“Even if the drugs are temporarily effective, bedwetting resumes when someone stops taking it. Suggesting medication for bedwetting is the worst thing because not only is it potentially harmful, but someone may be led to believe the problem is gone, but ultimately it’s nothing more than a temporary fix.”
Desmopressin (DDAVP) Is An Antidiuretic
Desmopressin is marketed as DDAVP Nasal Spray, DDAVP Rhinal Tube, Minirin, and Stimate Nasal Spray. Desmopressin is an antidiuretic. That means it limits the amount of water that’s eliminated as urine. The body needs to balance its levels of water and sodium. Too little sodium or too much water can cause hyponatremia, which can cause seizures and even death.
Ditropan Has Been Linked to Hallucinations
On April 9, 2007, the FDA released documents stating the Johnson & Johnsonʼs drug Ditropan for overactive bladders needs stronger warnings about the threat of hallucinations and other related problems in children and older patients. The Food & Drug Administration originally approved Ditropan (generic: Oxybutynin) in June 1999.
Tofranil Is For Depression
Tofranil is used to treat depression. It’s a member of the family of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants.
Some doctors also prescribe Tofranil to treat bulimia, ADD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.
It should NOT be used to treat bedwetting.