EffectsTwo studies have evaluated Diastat for treating seizures. In these studies, the drug was studied in adults and children with occasional periods of increased seizure activity, despite treatment with other seizure medications. In these studies, the medication helped to decrease the frequency of seizures during these periods of increased seizure activity.
When and How to Take DiastatGeneral considerations for when and how to take 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 ask your pharmacist if the correct dose has been set. Do not use a Diastat AcuDial syringe if you are not sure 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 medication 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 a dose.
- Be sure to closely follow the directions that come with the medicine. 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.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.