Diazepam rectal gel continues to confuse prescribers and pharmacies alike when it comes to how a prescription is written and then ultimately filled and billed. According to FDA labeling, this medication “is intended for the acute treatment of intermittent, stereotypic episodes of frequent seizure activity (i.e., seizure clusters, acute repetitive seizures) that are distinct from a patient’s usual seizure pattern in patients with epilepsy 2 years of age and older.”
Diazepam gel comes in three strengths: 2.5 mg, 10 mg (5-7.5-10 mg), and 20 mg (12.5-15-17.5-20 mg). Each box contains two doses and is billed as “1 each.” The standard dosing for diazepam gel is one dose for appropriate seizure activity and repeat 4 to 12 hours later if prescribed. The FDA recommends that diazepam rectal gel be used to treat no more than five episodes per month and no more than one episode every five days, therefore one package should be considered a 5-day supply at minimum.