By Megan Brooks
WebMD Health News
Midazolam nasal spray is the only FDA-approved nasal spray for treating seizure clusters. Patients over 12 can keep the single-dose spray with them, and it does not have to be given by a doctor or nurse. Pharmaceutical company UCB will sell the benzodiazepine spray as part of its Nayzilam line of epilepsy drugs. The company has not said when it will be available in the United States.
Seizure clusters can damage a patient's quality of life and make a hospital stay more likely, Steven Chung, MD, executive director and program chair of the Neuroscience Institute and director of the epilepsy program at Banner - University Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, said in a company news release.