Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Apply this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not apply more of it, do not apply it more often, and do not apply it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. Never take rectal medicine by mouth.

This medicine is not for daily use. After you use the medicine, it is best to wait at least 5 days before using it again. Do not use this medicine more than 5 times per month, unless your doctor tells you to.

This medicine will need to be given to you while you are having a seizure. A family member or other caregiver will give the medicine to you since you will most likely be unable to give it to yourself.

For caregivers administering this medicine:

  • Discuss with the patient's medical doctor exactly when and how to use diazepam rectal gel.
  • Discuss with the patient's medical doctor when you should call for emergency help.
  • Read the instructions that you received with the medicine before you need to use it.
  • Stay with the patient after administering diazepam rectal gel to check his or her condition as instructed by the doctor.

This medicine comes in a prefilled plastic applicator. Remove the cap from the prefilled applicator before inserting it. To make the applicator easier to insert, use the lubricating gel that came with the medicine.


The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For rectal dosage form (gel):
    • For control of seizures:
      • Adults, teenagers, and children 2 years of age and older—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.


Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Drop off any unused narcotic medicine at a drug take-back location right away. If you do not have a drug take-back location near you, flush any unused narcotic medicine down the toilet. Check your local drug store and clinics for take-back locations. You can also check the DEA web site for locations. Here is the link to the FDA safe disposal of medicines website: