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Diastat Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is diazepam rectal (Diastat)?
- What are the possible side effects of diazepam rectal (Diastat)?
- What is the most important information I should know about diazepam rectal (Diastat)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using diazepam rectal (Diastat)?
- How should I use diazepam rectal (Diastat)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Diastat)?
- What happens if I overdose (Diastat)?
- What should I avoid while using diazepam rectal (Diastat)?
- What other drugs will affect diazepam rectal (Diastat)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Diastat)?
Since diazepam rectal is used on an as needed basis, you are not likely to miss a dose.
What happens if I overdose (Diastat)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, loss of balance or coordination, limp or weak muscles, or fainting.
What should I avoid while using diazepam rectal (Diastat)?
Diazepam may impair your thinking or reactions. Do not drive, operate machinery, or perform other hazardous activities until you are alert and awake and you no longer feel drowsy from this medicine.
Do not drink alcohol while using diazepam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with diazepam and lead to unwanted side effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.
What other drugs will affect diazepam rectal (Diastat)?
Using diazepam with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous or life-threatening side effects. Ask your doctor before using diazepam with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with diazepam, especially:
- valproic acid;
- an antibiotic or antifungal medication;
- an antidepressant;
- a barbiturate such as phenobarbital;
- a blood thinner such as warfarin, Coumadin;
- heart or blood pressure medication;
- HIV/AIDS medication;
- an MAO inhibitor--furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine;
- phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, prochlorperazine, promethazine, thioridazine, or trifluoperazine;
- seizure medication; or
- stomach acid reducers--cimetidine, lansoprazole, omeprazole.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with diazepam, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about diazepam rectal.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Diastat Information
- Diastat Drug Interactions Center: diazepam rect
- Diastat Side Effects Center
- Diastat Overview including Precautions
- Diastat FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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