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Diastat Patient Information including How Should I Take
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 should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using diazepam rectal (Diastat)?
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to diazepam (Valium), or if you have untreated or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
To make sure diazepam is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- asthma, pneumonia, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other breathing disorder;
- liver or kidney disease;
- a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior;
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction; or
- if you are allergic to other benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax).
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not start or stop taking diazepam during pregnancy without your doctor's advice. Diazepam may cause harm to an unborn baby, but having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both mother and baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking diazepam for seizures.
Diazepam can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
The sedative effects of diazepam rectal may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are using diazepam rectal.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 6 months old.
How should I use diazepam rectal (Diastat)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
This medication is usually given by a caregiver to the person who is having a seizure. If you are the caregiver, make sure you know and understand all instructions for giving diazepam rectal.
Not all types of seizures can be treated with diazepam rectal. If you are the caregiver, do not give this medication unless you know how to recognize the symptoms of a seizure episode that should be treated with diazepam rectal.
After giving diazepam rectal to another person, stay with the person for at least 4 hours and watch for changes in his or her breathing, and any side effects from the medicine.
Get emergency medical help if:
- the seizure has not stopped within 15 minutes after giving diazepam rectal;
- the seizure seems to be different from the person's usual seizures;
- the seizures seems to be closer together or more severe than the person's usual seizures; or
- the person has breathing problems, pale or blue-colored skin, or any other serious or unusual problems.
Diazepam rectal is used in combination with other seizure medications. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice.
Diazepam rectal is not for long-term daily use to prevent seizures. Using diazepam rectal daily over long periods can actually make your seizures more frequent or more severe. You may also have withdrawal symptoms when you stop using diazepam rectal.
Diazepam may be habit forming. Never share diazepam with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
Do not use this medication for longer than 5 days in a row without a doctor's advice. Contact your doctor if this medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your symptoms.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
After giving a dose of diazepam rectal, empty any leftover medicine from the syringe into a toilet and flush, or into a sink and rinse down the drain. Throw the empty syringe away where children and pets cannot get to it. Do not reuse a diazepam rectal syringe.
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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