Diastat Rectal Gel
Diastat® (diazepam rectal gel) is a drug that is approved to treat seizures. Healthcare providers prescribe this medication to people who are already taking other seizure medicines. It is specifically licensed to treat occasional periods of increased seizure activity. Because it can be taken anywhere, and because it starts working within 15 minutes, Diastat is especially useful in preventing trips to the emergency room.
Diastat comes in the form of a rectal gel and must be administered by someone other than the person having the seizure. A person's specific dosage will depend on a number of factors, including:
- Age and weight
- Other medications being taken
- Other medical conditions they may have.
The medication works by enhancing the naturally calming effects of a certain chemical within the brain.
(Click Diastat for more information on this rectal gel, including the various strengths, how the drug performed in clinical trials, why it may not be suitable for certain people, and more.)