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Diastat is a prescription medication, classified as a benzodiazepine. Diastat is used as an emergency medication to control increased seizures or breakthrough seizures. All benzodiazepines work by increasing the effects of the brain neurotransmitter GABA. In doing so, Diastat and other benzos can slow activity in the central nervous system, including seizures. Diastat is available in gel form and is given rectally by a caregiver or healthcare professional when seizures begin.

Diastat can cause common side effects such as headache, drowsiness, dizziness and abdominal pain. People who take Diastat are already taking regular seizure-control medication. Diastat isn’t intended as an everyday medication. Instead, it’s used for short-term seizure attacks. Diastat can cause people to feel drowsy, and it should never be combined with other medications or substances like alcohol. There are very specific guidelines as to how Diastat should be administered. Diastat comes in a syringe, and a pharmacist sets it with the correct dosage. Dosage is based on typical factors such as age, weight and response to treatment. Sometimes a second dose has to be administered, four to 12 hours after the first.

The active ingredient in Diastat is diazepam. Diazepam is believed to reduce electrical activity in the brain which is considered abnormal. After it’s administered, this medication should stop seizures within five to 15 minutes. Diastat shouldn’t be used to treat more than five seizure episodes in a month according to medication instructions. It shouldn’t be used more than once in a five-day period. In general, outside of Diastat, diazepam is prescribed for anxiety, muscle spasms and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Diastat Addiction and Abuse
While Diastat is a beneficial and life-saving medication, there are risks associated with its use. Two risks are abuse and addiction. Physical dependence is also possible. With benzodiazepines like Diastat, the brain is changed when someone uses it. Over time with continued exposure, those changes can trigger addiction. Diastat is a Schedule IV controlled substance, meaning it can cause addiction and dependence according to the DEA. Anyone who is prone to substance misuse or addiction should let their physician know before they are prescribed Diastat. Signs of Diastat abuse can include using it more often than prescribed or for longer than instructed. Diastat abuse can also include using this drug without a prescription or taking higher doses than prescribed.
All benzodiazepines have the potential for addiction, and Diastat is no exception. Some people may experience euphoria if they misuse this medication or extreme levels of relaxation or sedation which can trigger addiction in the brain. When someone is addicted to a benzodiazepine like Diastat, they are unable to control their use. They may compulsively seek it out and continue to use it, even if they don’t want to. To reduce the risk of Diastat addiction, patients should follow prescribing instructions exactly and never use this medication without a prescription. The risk of Diastat addiction is often greater in people who have a substance use disorder already.

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