This article is not a replacement for medical advice. See your doctor for specific questions and advice about medications related to bedwetting.
You might have tried and found no success with some of the more common forms of bedwetting treatment – so you’re looking into whether a nose spray for bedwetting can really help or have any positive effect on enuresis?
Also called DDAVP, this synthetic hormone is designed to imitate anti diuretic hormone (ADH), which acts to slow the excretion of water by the kidneys during the night but which in some children does not develop until a later age, putting them at higher risk of wetting the bed at night.)
DDAVP used to be used in nasal spray medications, however is not available in the United States anymore in this form as it was found to cause too many adverse side effects. It is still available in the USA in tablet form.
It is still available in other countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, under various product names including Minirin. Hyponatraemia is listed a a rare side effect for this medication.
DDAVP based bed wetting medications are sometimes used a temporary measure when a bedwetting-prone child needs to go to a sleepover or school camp.
Because this medication usually brings about an immediate halt to bedwetting, it is useful in these situations.
However it is not recommended for long term use and those children who are taking a medication (whether a nasal spray or other form) based on DDAVP/Desmopressin generally have their dosage tapered off to a lower point as time goes on – until they are completely weaned off it and instead have a normal functioning kidney process that results in no more bedwetting.
There are no over the counter nasal spray products for bedwetting available.
Using an enuresis alarm is the most non-invasive, risk free method of treating bedwetting at home.