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Generic Name: vasopressin (VAY soe PRES in)
Brand Name: Vasostrict
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Drug Information:
Vasostrict is a man-made form of a hormone called "anti-diuretic hormone" that is normally secreted by the pituitary gland. This medicine acts on the kidneys and blood vessels. Vasostrict helps prevent loss of water from the body by reducing urine output and helping the kidneys reabsorb water into the body. This medicine also raises blood pressure by narrowing blood vessels. Vasostrict is used to treat diabetes insipidus, which is caused by a lack of a naturally occurring pituitary hormone in the body. This medicine is also used to treat or prevent certain conditions of the stomach after surgery or during abdominal x-rays. Learn more

Vasostrict Side Effects

Vasostrict Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about vasopressin. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Vasostrict.

For the Consumer

Applies to vasopressin: injection solution

Along with its needed effects, vasopressin (the active ingredient contained in Vasostrict) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking vasopressin:

Incidence not known

  • Abdominal or stomach pain, usually after eating a meal
  • agitation
  • back pain
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • coma
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • convulsions
  • cough
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dilated neck veins
  • dizziness
  • extreme fatigue
  • fainting
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • headache
  • hives, itching, or rash
  • hostility
  • increased thirst
  • irregular breathing
  • irritability
  • lethargy
  • lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • muscle twitching
  • nausea or vomiting
  • no blood pressure or pulse
  • pain in the shoulders, arms, jaw, or neck
  • pale, cool, or blotchy skin on the arms or legs
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rapid weight gain
  • seizures
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • stopping of heart
  • stupor
  • sweating
  • swelling of the face, ankles, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • troubled breathing
  • unconsciousness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weak or absent pulse in the arms or legs

Some side effects of vasopressin may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

  • Abdominal or stomach cramps
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • pale skin
  • passing of gas
  • pounding in the head
  • sensation of spinning
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • sweating
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to vasopressin: injectable solution, intravenous solution


Side effects were reported on a voluntary basis from a population of uncertain size and it is therefore not possible to estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.


Frequency not reported: Right heart failure, atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, myocardial ischemia, cardiac arrest, shock, circumoral pallor, arrhythmia, cardiac output decreased, angina, peripheral vasoconstriction, distal limb ischemia, chest pain, hypertension


Frequency not reported: Gangrene, sweating, cutaneous gangrene, ischemic lesions, urticaria


Frequency not reported: Mesenteric ischemia, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, gas


Frequency not reported: Acute renal insufficiency

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Tremor, head pounding


Frequency not reported: Bronchial constriction, bronchospasm


Frequency not reported: Hemorrhagic shock, platelets decreased, intractable bleeding


Frequency not reported: Anaphylaxis, hypersensitivity


Frequency not reported: Rhabdomyolysis


Frequency not reported: Water intoxication, hyponatremia, fluid retention


Frequency not reported: Bilirubin increased


Frequency not reported: Vertigo

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Vasostrict