vasopressin in the treatment of oesophageal varices

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  • oldest drug treatment for acute variceal bleeding

  • can cause serious complications e.g. myocardial ischaemia, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias (1)

  • now rarely used unless given in combination with glyceryl trinitrate - this may improve control of bleeding but also results in fewer adverse effects


  • Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (2000), 38 (5), 37-40.

Last reviewed 01/2018