Vasopressin Deficiency (Diabetes Insipidus); an opportunity to share your insights

From the desk of  Dr.Lewis S. Blevins, Jr. – co founder – With most endocrinologic conditions, physicians prescribe medication, patients take it with varying degrees of compliance, laboratory test are obtained to assess degree of efficacy along with patient symptoms, a dose is settled on, and patients continue on their treatment journey. With aging, there’s often a need to decrease the dose of medication but, by and large, patients remain on a stable daily dose of medication.

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For some conditions, however, such as vasopressin deficiency, there is considerable variation in the absorption of the medication from one day to the next.  Humans exist in different climates, exert themselves in different ways, and thus must learn to adapt their medication schedule and water intake to their environment, activity, etc.  Every day is different.   Sick days included.  A trek to the doctor’s office or even to the hospital is usually an epiphany of sorts.  Affected patients know far more about this condition and its treatment than do most doctors and other health professionals.

You’re the expert!  We want to hear from you.  Please describe how you use dDAVP.  Which route?  How do you self-manage from day to day?  What parameters do you follow?  What are the dangers lurking out there and how do you mitigate these?  Tell us what you have learned.  Click on this link to provide your comments.

We are looking for 50 responses.  We will review the submissions and choose informative and insightful comments or essays and put them together in an article regarding patient self-management of vasopressin deficiency.

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