Diastat is used for treating occasional periods of increased seizure activity in adults and children as young as two years old. The medication can help decrease trips to the emergency room because it can be taken anywhere. Diastat begins to work within 15 minutes and enhances the naturally calming effects of a certain brain chemical. There are currently no universally accepted off-label Diastat uses.
Diastat Uses: An OverviewDiastat® (diazepam rectal gel) is a prescription medication that is used to treat seizures. It is a treatment that can be used at home or anywhere to treat occasional periods of increased seizure activity in people who are already taking other seizure medications. Diastat can help prevent trips to the emergency room.
Diastat Uses for SeizuresSome people with epilepsy have occasional bouts of increased seizures, even though they are taking other seizure medications. Usually, these people end up in the emergency room, which is both expensive and inconvenient.
Diastat is a treatment option that can be used anywhere and can be given by people with no medical training. Not only does this help prevent trips to the emergency room, but it is also a way to obtain treatment quickly, as Diastat starts working within 15 minutes.
The medication is not intended for daily use, however. If you have frequent episodes that require Diastat treatment (more than one episode every five days, or more than five episodes per month), talk with your healthcare provider. Using Diastat too often can make it less effective.
It is important for you or your caregivers to know when to seek medical attention, even if you are using Diastat. If your seizures do not improve within 15 minutes, if your seizures are different than usual, or if you are having breathing problems, seek immediate medical attention.