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Avadel Presents Data on Quality of Life Improvement in Patients on NOCTIVA™ at American Urological Association Western Annual Meeting

Patients treated with NOCTIVA were three times more likely to report no difficulty getting enough sleep and five times more likely to report no bother due to nocturia

DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avadel Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: AVDL), a company focused on providing innovative medicines for chronic urological, central nervous system, and sleep disorders, today announced details of its poster presentation detailing quality of life (QoL) health-related outcomes data from a Phase 3 randomized, double-blind pivotal study of AV002, NOCTIVA(desmopressin acetate) Nasal Spray, in patients with nocturia due to nocturnal polyuria on October 28, 2018 at the American Urological Association Western Section annual meeting in Maui, Hawaii.

Nocturia, waking two or more times to urinate, is a highly prevalent, under-recognized condition associated with disrupted sleep, reduced productivity, and negative impacts on overall health and health-related quality of life (QoL). Nocturia is one of the most bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms, and an increase in frequency of nocturic voids is correlated with an increase in the degree of bother experienced by patients. [1],[2],[3],[4],[5] Nocturnal polyuria (NP), or the overproduction of urine at night, is the most common cause of nocturia, occurring in up to 80 percent of patients.[6] NOCTIVA is the lowest effective and safe dose of desmopressin available to treat nocturia due to NP in adults.

Details of the poster can be found below:

Quality of Life Improvement in Nocturia Patients on NOCTIVA™ (AV002), an Emulsified Microdose Desmopressin Nasal Spray

Data was gathered using the FDA-validated Impact of Nighttime Urination (INTU) questionnaire. Changes in QoL measures were assessed using overall, daytime and nighttime domain scores, percentage of patients who reported no difficulty sleeping, and percentage of patients who reported not being bothered by nocturia. Bother due to nocturia was reported as “Not at All”; “Somewhat”; “Quite a Bit”; “Very Much.” Five hundred and eighty patients age 50 and older with NP at screening and a history of two or more nocturic voids per night for six months or longer were randomized to treatment with 1.66 mcg or 0.83 mcg of NOCTIVA, or placebo for 12 weeks.

At the end of 12 weeks, both doses of NOCTIVA reduced INTU overall. 41 percent of patients treated with 1.66 mcg and 35 percent of those treated with 0.83 mcg reported no difficulty getting enough sleep, compared to only 14 and 15 percent at baseline, respectively. In addition, 40 percent of the patients treated with 1.66 mcg and 35 percent treated with 0.83 reported no bother due to nocturia, compared to 8 and 12 percent at baseline, respectively. These results show that NOCTIVA has an effective therapeutic impact on quality of life as measured by INTU.

Kathleen C. Kobashi, Department of Urology, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, lead author, remarked, “Improving patients’ ability to get enough sleep is crucial to how they feel and function on a daily basis. The FDA-validated INTU questionnaire to assess improvements in patients’ health-related quality of life was the first of its kind, and the data from INTU demonstrated an impressive improvement in quality of life and ability to get enough sleep for patients being treated with NOCTIVA.”

NOCTIVA is the lowest effective and safe dose of desmopressin available to treat nocturia due to nocturnal polyuria in adults who awaken at least 2 times per night to void. NOCTIVA is administered via nasal spray, offering patients the simplicity of one spray in one nostril one time a night. NOCTIVA has flexible dosing and is available in 0.83 mcg and 1.66 mcg. For more information, please visit


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Important Safety Information for NOCTIVA (desmopressin acetate) Nasal Spray

  • NOCTIVA can cause hyponatremia, which may be life-threatening if severe.
  • NOCTIVA is contraindicated in patients at increased risk of severe hyponatremia, such as patients with excessive fluid intake, illnesses that can cause fluid or electrolyte imbalances, and in those using loop diuretics or systemic or inhaled glucocorticoids.
  • Ensure serum sodium is normal before starting or resuming NOCTIVA. Measure serum sodium within seven days and approximately one month after initiating therapy or increasing the dose, and periodically during treatment. More frequently monitor serum sodium in patients 65 years of age and older and in patients at increased risk of hyponatremia. 
  • If hyponatremia occurs, NOCTIVA may need to be temporarily or permanently discontinued.

NOCTIVA is a vasopressin analog indicated for the treatment of nocturia due to nocturnal polyuria in adults who awaken at least 2 times per night to void.

Limitation of Use: Not studied in patients younger than 50 years of age.


  • Hyponatremia or a history of hyponatremia
  • Polydipsia
  • Primary nocturnal enuresis
  • Concomitant use with loop diuretics or systemic or inhaled glucocorticoids
  • Estimated glomerular filtration rate below 50 mL/min/1.73 m2
  • Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH)
  • During illnesses that can cause fluid or electrolyte imbalance
  • New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class II-IV congestive heart failure
  • Uncontrolled hypertension


  • Fluid retention: Not recommended in patients at risk of increased intracranial pressure or history of urinary retention. Monitor volume status in patients with NYHA Class I congestive heart failure.
  • Nasal conditions: Discontinue in patients with concurrent nasal conditions that may increase absorption, until resolved.

Common adverse reactions in clinical trials (incidence >2%) included nasal discomfort, nasopharyngitis, nasal congestion, sneezing, hypertension / blood pressure increased, back pain, epistaxis, bronchitis and dizziness. 

Monitor serum sodium more frequently when NOCTIVA is concomitantly used with drugs that may cause water retention and increase the risk for hyponatremia (e.g., tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, chlorpromazine, opiate analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, lamotrigine and carbamazepine).


  • Pregnancy: Use of NOCTIVA is not recommended.
  • Pediatric: Do not use NOCTIVA for primary nocturnal enuresis in children.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Avadel at 1-877-638-4579 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or

Please see the full Prescribing Information for NOCTIVATM at

About Avadel Pharmaceuticals
Avadel Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq:AVDL) is a specialty pharmaceutical company that seeks to develop differentiated pharmaceutical products that are safe, effective and easy to take through formulation development, by utilizing its proprietary drug delivery technology and through in-licensing / acquiring new products; ultimately, helping patients adhere to their prescribed medical treatment and see better results. Avadel’s current portfolio of products and product candidates focuses on the urology, central nervous system (CNS) / sleep, and hospital markets. The Company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with operations in St. Louis, Missouri and Lyon, France. For more information, please visit

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Lauren Stival
Avadel Sr. Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Phone: (636) 449-5866

Sara Dunn
JPA Health, Media Relations
Phone: (202) 591-4045


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