Factors that can affect the Diastat dosage you are prescribed include your age and weight, other medications you are taking, and other medical conditions you may have. Diastat comes in the form of a rectal gel, which is contained in syringes. Your Diastat dosage should not be used more than once a week or five times a month, as this can make it less effective.
Diastat Dosage: An IntroductionThe dose of Diastat® (diazepam rectal gel) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age and weight
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your Diastat dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Diastat Dosage for SeizuresDiastat is not given every day. Instead, it is used during periods of increased seizure activity. The medication should not be used to treat these episodes more frequently than once a week or five times a month. Using it more frequently can make it less effective and may be a sign that your epilepsy treatment needs to be adjusted.
Your healthcare provider will calculate your Diastat dose based on your age and weight. Sometimes, your healthcare provider may recommend using two doses to treat each episode of increased seizures (with the second dose given 4 to 12 hours after the first).
General Information on Dosing With DiastatConsiderations for people taking Diastat include the following:
- The medication comes in the form of a rectal gel. As mentioned, it is used during occasional periods of increased seizure activity.
- Diastat comes in two different types of syringes. Diastat AcuDial™ syringes must be set to the right dose by your pharmacist. Each time you receive a new Diastat AcuDial prescription, be sure to check that the correct dose has been set. Do not use a Diastat AcuDial syringe if you are not sure that the correct dose has been set. The other kind of Diastat syringe contains a small dose that is appropriate for young children (Diastat 2.5 mg) and does not need to be set.
- The largest Diastat AcuDial syringe (20 mg) comes with a rectal tip that is too large for most children. Do not use this size syringe for a child without talking to your healthcare provider first.
- Diastat comes with packets of lubricating jelly, which are used to lubricate the rectal tip of the syringe.
- You will not be able to give yourself a Diastat dose. Therefore, make sure that those around you are aware that you have Diastat available and that they are informed about how to give you the Diastat dosage.
- Be sure to closely follow the directions that come with Diastat. Also, inspect the syringes for any cracks, as this has been a problem with Diastat in the past. Do not use a syringe that is cracked.
- If seizures do not improve within 15 minutes, or if they are different from your usual seizures, seek immediate medical attention.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Diastat will not work if you stop taking it.