Diastat AcuDial (Diazepam) for Epilepsy | MyEpilepsyTeam

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Diastat AcuDial is a prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients 2 years of age and older who are on stable antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) but require occasional use of Diazepam to control bouts of increased seizure activity or prolonged breakthrough seizures. Diastat AcuDial is also known by its drug name, diazepam.

Diastat AcuDial is a member of the benzodiazepine class of drugs. Benzodiazepines are used to treat seizures, anxiety, and muscle spasms, and as a premedication for anesthesia. It is believed that Diastat AcuDial works in cases of epilepsy by inhibiting nerve signals.

How do I take it?
Diastat is administered rectally as needed for seizures, up to five times a month and not more often than every five days.

Diastat comes in a single-use, pre-filled syringe.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Diastat lists common side effects including sleepiness, dizziness, headache, blurry vision, abdominal pain, rash, runny nose, and constipation.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Diastat include risk of abuse and dependence, risk of severe respiratory depression and coma when used with opioids, memory loss, dystonia (involuntary contraction of muscles), and hallucination.

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Diastat ­— Bausch Health

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