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Dioralyte Sachets prevent dehydration by replacing fluids lost due to diarrhoea or acute vomiting. The sachets contain a pleasant-tasting powder, which is dissolved in a glass of water. This adds electrolytes to the water, which helps the body to absorb more fluids. Dioralyte can be used by people of all ages, including infants. Preventing dehydration during vomiting and diarrhoea is especially important for the elderly and the young.
Dioralyte is often used alongside an antibiotic in treating traveller’s diarrhoea. This is a condition that occurs after consuming contaminated food or drinking water, usually in a foreign country. It is most often caused by a bacterial infection, though in some cases, it can be caused by a virus or parasite. There are a number of precautions that can be taken while travelling, which will minimise your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea. Avoid drinking tap water, and only eat food that has been properly prepared. It is important to take care of your own hygiene as well.
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One sachet of Dioralyte should be taken after every loose bowel movement. Open the sachet, and empty the contents into 200ml of fresh drinking water. Stir until the medicine has dissolved completely, and drink the mixture. 200ml is required for the correct electrolyte balance, so keep as close to this quantity as possible. If no drinking water is available, boil the water and let it cool. To be safe, boil and cool all water before treating an infant with Dioralyte.
The solution can be refrigerated but should not be stored for more than 24 hours.
Dioralyte is usually well-tolerated – you should not suffer from any adverse effects. However, if you notice ay abnormal effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Dioralyte is unsuitable for you if:
You are allergic to any of the ingredients of Dioralyte.
You have a partially or fully blocked bowel.
Take care when using Dioralyte if you:
Have kidney or liver disease.
Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Suffer from allergies.
Are on a diet low in potassium or sodium.
You are giving the medicine to a child under the age of 2.
You may require other treatments, including antibiotics from your doctor, if your symptoms persist for more than 48 hours.
Keep Dioralyte out of the reach of children.
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine, and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
The active ingredients in Dioralyte are:
Glucose, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, disodium hydrogen citrate.
Dioralyte also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Saccharin sodium, silicon dioxide, artificial flavourings.
It is recommended that Dioralyte is only dissolved in water; any other liquids may interfere with the intended outcome. It is also not recommended to use any more or any less than 200ml of water. If the drink is too diluted or too concentrated, it will not work as well as when using the recommended amount. This can also impact upon your body’s salt balance.
Exceeding the normal daily amount of Dioralyte will not usually cause you any harm. That being said, if large amounts are taken in a short space of time then you should contact your doctor or go to the hospital as soon as possible. This is especially important if it concerns children, or anybody with severe kidney or liver issues.
Children who are under the age of two should only be given Dioralyte after seeking medical advice from a doctor. You doctor will be able to tell you how much Dioralyte to give to your baby, taking into account their weight and particular circumstances.
The doctor will normally recommend an amount of Dioralyte which is equal to your child’s usual liquid intake over a 24 hour period. Always listen to your doctor and carefully follow their instructions.
If you are breastfeeding your child it is important to give them Dioralyte first before allowing them to breast feed. If your baby is using Dioralyte then you might find that they will need less breast milk than usual, so you may need to express some milk yourself afterwards.
Fresh drinking water should be used to mix the solution for children. For babies it is a good idea to boil and then cool the water before dissolving the solution.
Dioralyte should always be made fresh and used within an hour of mixing the solution. If you have to make up the solution for a longer period of time, it should be kept cool in the fridge and can be kept as such for 24 hours.
Dioralyte does not cure or treat diarrhoea. It will help to replace any fluids and electrolytes lost through diarrhoea; however it will have no curative effect. Other medications should be taken to combat the cause of diarrhoea, such as antibiotics.
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