Diastat

Generic Name: Diazepam

  • What is Diastat?

    Diastat is a gel administered rectally (into the anus) used to treat seizures.

    Diastat is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Diastat?

    Diastat has abuse potential and can cause dependence. Mental and physical dependence can occur with the use of Diastat for long periods of time. Do not use more often than every 5 days and no more than 5 times a month.

    Do not stop using Diastat without first talking to your doctor. Stopping Diastat suddenly can cause seizures, shaking, nervousness, or stomach and muscle cramps. Talk to your doctor about slowly stopping Diastat to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

    Diastat can make you sleepy or dizzy, or slow your thinking, especially when used with alcohol or medicines that cause sleepiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or engage in dangerous activities until you know how Diastat affects you.

  • Who should not take Diastat?

    Do not use Diastat if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you have acute narrow-angle glaucoma (high pressure in the eye).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Diastat?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Diastat. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems, lung disease (such as asthma or pneumonia), nerve damage, history of drug or alcohol abuse, glaucoma, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥6 months: The doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on your age, body weight, and condition.

  • How should I take Diastat?

    Use Diastat exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not apply extra doses or use more often without asking your doctor.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Diastat.

  • What should I avoid while taking Diastat?

    Do not abruptly stop using Diastat unless under the care and guidance of your doctor. Your doctor may have to gradually lower your dose.

    Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or engage in dangerous activities until you know how Diastat affects you.

    Do not drink alcohol or take other medicines that may make you sleepy or dizzy while you are using Diastat.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Diastat?

    If Diastat is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Diastat with the following: alcohol; antifungals (such as clotrimazole or ketoconazole); barbiturates (such as butalbital or phenobarbital); carbamazepine; cimetidine; cyclosporin; dexamethasone; imipramine; monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a class of drugs used to treat depression and other psychiatric conditions (such as phenelzine or tranylcypromine); narcotics (such as hydrocodone or oxycodone); omeprazole; phenothiazines (such as chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, or thioridazine); phenytoin; propranolol; quinidine; rifampin; terfenadine; theophylline; troleandomycin; or warfarin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Diastat?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, asthma, diarrhea, dizziness, euphoria (a feeling of happiness and well-being), headache, lack of coordination, nervousness, rash, sleepiness

  • Can I receive Diastat if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Diastat during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Diastat can be found in your breast milk if you use it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while using Diastat. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Diastat?

    Diastat should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Diastat?

    Store at room temperature.