I've heard varying information about when to prescribe Diastat. Our doctor left us the option to administer the medication immediately. Other literature I've read suggests 5 minutes. Is there a right or wrong amount of time to wait before giving it?
Personally it being a child I would go for immediately, I know rec is 5 min though (btw I did diastat training course few years back)
Sounds perfectly reasonable to me!It depends on a lot of things like the patient, the caregiver, the neurologist, the patient's reaction to the rescue med, etc. But as a general rule of thumb, if there's a good chance the seizure will stop on its own then you'll usually want to wait a bit before administering a rescue med. Is that ambiguous enough for ya?
Excellent. I'll talk to the neuro about the possiblity of switching at our next appointment. And I appreciate the advice!Since my daughter's seizures almost always go status and since she has minimal negatives side effects from midazolam, we give her intranasal midazolam immediately. You might also want to consider asking your neuro about replacing rectal Diastat with intranasal midazolam (Versed). That single change has improved my daughter's quality of life as much as anything else we've done.