Diabetes Insipidus | Treatment

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How is diabetes insipidus treated?

If your symptoms are mild, you might not need treatment. However, your doctor will want to check on you more often. Also, you should make sure you always have something to drink, so your body doesn't get dehydrated.

For more severe cases of diabetes insipidus, medicine is available to help the body produce or more effectively use ADH. One medicine called desmopressin is a synthetic form of ADH and comes in pill form, as an injection (shot) or as a nasal spray. If you take desmopressin, you shouldn't drink too much, or your body will get overloaded with fluids. Too much fluid in your body and make you feel sick, weak or dizzy.

If tumors or abnormal growths on your hypothalamus or pituitary gland are causing your diabetes insipidus, your doctor may suggest surgery to remove the growths.

If your diabetes insipidus is caused by kidney problems, your doctor may recommend that you reduce salt in your diet and to drink enough water to avoid dehydration. Medicines like hydrochlorothiazide (a water pill) may also help. Water pills help your body balance salt and water.

If a medicine is causing diabetes insipidus, your doctor may prescribe another medicine that doesn't cause excessive thirst and urination.

Talk to your doctor about which option is right for you.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 09/00

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