“As needed” medicines are medicines or treatments that are given only if needed for specific situations. Some people also call them “rescue treatments.”
The most common type of rescue medicines are from a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. These medications get into the bloodstream quickly, to start working in the brain quickly.
Since seizure emergencies are not common, some people with epilepsy will not need to use any treatment other than their daily amount of seizure medicine. However, sometimes seizures occur in a different pattern that is more often or more severe. Several names have used to describe these patterns, such as seizure clusters and acute repetitive seizures. Stopping seizures early in these situations is the key to preventing a seizure emergency.
Scott Perry MD and Patty Osborne Shafer RN, MN, talk about therapies that can be used to help ensure a seizure does not become a seizure emergency. They cover types of rescue therapies, when one is needed, how to use them, and how to talk with your doctor or nurse them.
Webinar recorded on September 25, 2019