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Diastat 10 mg Tablet


Overview

Introduction of Diastat Tablet

Diastat 10 mg Tablet is used in the treatment of short-term anxiety. It relaxes the nerve cells and calms the brain. This medicine should be taken strictly as advised by your doctor as it can be habit-forming.

How to use Diastat Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Diastat 10 mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Diastat Tablet works

Diastat 10 mg Tablet is a benzodiazepine. It works by increasing the action of a chemical messenger (GABA) which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Diastat Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
CAUTION
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Diastat 10 mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Diastat 10 mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
CAUTION
Diastat 10 mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during lactation. Limited human data suggest that the drug could represent a significant risk to the baby.
Diastat 10 mg Tablet should be used for short periods and sleepiness of the baby should be watched. The withdrawal of Diastat 10 mg Tablet should be gradual.
Driving
Do not drive unless you are feeling well.
Diastat 10 mg Tablet can make you sleepy, forgetful, and have poor co-ordination. This may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
Diastat 10 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Diastat 10 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Dose adjustment may be required if it is to be given for a long period
Liver
There is limited information available on the use of Diastat 10 mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you miss a dose of Diastat Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Diastat 10 mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Diastat 10 mg Tablet helps treat short term anxiety.
  • The addiction / habit-forming potential of this medicine is very high. Take it only as per the dose and duration advised by your doctor
  • It may cause dizziness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol as it may increase dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
  • If you have been taking this medicine for a long time, regular monitoring of blood and liver functions may be required.
  • Do not stop taking medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as that may lead to nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, and muscle pain.

Interaction with Drugs

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FAQs

Q. Is Diastat an antidepressant? What is it used for?

Diastat is not an antidepressant and belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepine. It is used to treat severe anxiety (an emotional state where you may sweat, tremble, feel anxious and have a fast heartbeat) or agitation. It is also used to treat trembling, muscle spasm due to tetanus or poisoning, seizures or fits, confusional states or anxiety associated with alcohol withdrawal. It also helps in relaxing patients before minor operations or procedures.

Q. How long does it take for Diastat to start working?

It depends on what you are taking Diastat for. If you are taking it to treat anxiety, you should start feeling better within a few hours, but it may take a week or two before the full benefits become evident. Similarly, if you are taking it to relieve muscle spasm you may notice a difference after 15 minutes. Your muscles will start relaxing when you keep taking Diastat regularly for a few days.

Q. Does Diastat cause sleepiness? If yes, then should I stop driving while taking Diastat?

Yes, Diastat causes drowsiness very commonly. It also causes forgetfulness and affects muscular function which may adversely affect your ability to drive. Sometimes, drowsiness persists even on the following day. So, in case Diastat makes you sleepy and affects your alertness, you should avoid driving.

Q. Is it safe to take Diastat and alcohol together?

No, it is not at all recommended to take alcohol with Diastat since it can cause breathing problems, sleepiness and heart problems. Taking Diastat with alcohol may make you sleepy and your breathing may become so shallow that you may not wake up. This may even lead to death.

Q. Is Diastat addictive?

People taking Diastat in high doses or for a long term may become addicted to it. Also, people with a history of alcoholism and drug abuse are more likely to become addicted to Diastat. Therefore, Diastat should be taken for the shortest possible time and in the lowest effective dose.

Q. Can I stop taking Diastat if I start feeling better?

No, do not stop taking Diastat suddenly as you may experience withdrawal effects like depression, nervousness, difficulty in sleeping, irritability, sweating, upset stomach or diarrhea. Stopping it suddenly may even bring back the symptoms and make them harder to treat. You may also experience mood changes, anxiety, restlessness and changes in sleep patterns. These effects may occur even after taking low doses for a short period of time.

Q. For how long should I take Diastat?

The duration of treatment with Diastat is mainly as short as possible. Your doctor will evaluate you after 4 weeks of treatment in order to assess the need of continuation of treatment, especially if you do not have any symptoms. In general, the treatment does not last any longer than 8-12 weeks which includes the gradual reduction of dose process.

Q. Does Diastat have any effect on contraception?

Diastat does not affect the functioning of any type of contraception including the birth control pills and emergency contraception. Birth control pills can keep Diastat in your body for a long time and increase its effect. You can also experience bleeding in between your periods if you take Diastat and birth control pills together. But your contraceptive method will still work.

Q. Is it safe to take clozapine and Diastat together?

No, it is not recommended to take clozapine and Diastat together because the effects of both medicines may get added together. This can result in severe drop in blood pressure, breathing problems (respiratory depression) and can even stop your heart which can lead to death.

Q. Is Diastat safe to be used in elderly patients?

The dose in elderly is generally half of the dose recommended to young people. This is because Diastat causes muscle relaxation which can make the patient fall down, which may further lead to fractures.

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