Dioralyte Blackcurrent Oral Electrolyte works by replacing the water and salts lost from your body when you have diarrhoea. Each sachet of Dioralyte has been carefully designed to contain the perfect balance of essential body salts for your well-being and Glucose (sugars) to help you absorb the body salts and water efficiently. The powder is mixed with water before taking. You should use a Dioralyte sachet as soon as diarrhoea symptoms start, and after each episode. Dioralyte hydrates faster and more effectively than water.
If you are not sure how to take this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Preparing this medicine Dioralyte must be mixed with water before taking. Prepare just before the medicine is going to be taken. Do not make in advance. If you are giving it to a baby over the course of the day, you can keep the drink in a refrigerator for up to 24 hours Only dissolve the powder in water. Do not dissolve it in anything else Use fresh drinking water for adults and children over 1 year old. If fresh water is not available, use water which has been freshly boiled and cooled Always use water which has been freshly boiled and cooled for babies aged 3 months to 1 year 1 Empty the contents of 1 sachet into a glass 2 Add 200ml (7 fl oz) of water 3 Stir until the powder dissolves When your medicine is fully dissolved, the drink will be a colourless solution.
Do not use more or less than 200 ml of water. If you do, the drink will become too weak or too strong. It will not work as well. You may also upset the balance of salts in your body.
How many sachets to take If you are being sick take the medicine in small sips It is best not to eat during the early stages of diarrhoea If the diarrhoea lasts for more than 24 to 48 hours see your doctor Adults (including the elderly) One or two sachets after each loose stool Children One sachet after each loose stool Babies up to 2 years old This medicine should only be given under the guidance of a doctor The doctor will calculate how much to give your baby, depending on how much they weigh. This is usually about one to one and a half times the amount of fluid your baby normally has in 24 hours Initially, if you are bottle feeding or giving other foods this should be stopped If you are breast feeding, continue to feed normally. Your baby may need less breast milk so you may need to express some of your milk Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure how much to give If your baby is being sick, you can give 5-10 ml (one or two teaspoons) every 5 minutes. This can be gradually increased until they are able to drink normally
If you take more Dioralyte than you should Dioralyte is not normally harmful if you take more than you should. However, if large amounts are taken you should talk to a doctor or go to a hospital straight away. This is particularly important if it is a child or baby or if you have severe liver or kidney problems. Take the medicine pack with you. If you forget to take your Dioralyte Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Take the next dose when you need to. If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not take Dioralyte and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if: x You are allergic (hypersensitive) to glucose, sodium chloride, potassium chloride and disodium hydrogen citrate or any of the other ingredients of Dioralyte (see Section 6: Further information) x Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue x Your bowel is partially or fully blocked (called intestinal obstruction) Do not take this medicine if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Dioralyte.Take special care with Dioralyte Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if: The child taking the medicine is under 2 years old The diarrhoea has lasted for more than 24-48 hours, you may need other treatment You have chronic or persistent diarrhoea You are on a low potassium or low sodium diet You have liver or kidney disease You have diabetes If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Dioralyte. If nausea and vomiting are present with the diarrhoea, small but frequent amounts should be drunk at first.
Taking other medicines Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines you buy without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because Dioralyte can affect the way some other medicines work. Also some medicines can affect the way Dioralyte works.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. This includes if you are planning to get pregnant or think that you might be pregnant. Important information about some of the ingredients of Dioralyte This medicine contains glucose, which is a type of sugar. If you have been told by your doctor that you cannot tolerate or digest some sugars, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine
Like all medicines, Dioralyte can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. However, if you notice anything unusual, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You should not normally have any side effects.
Stop taking Dioralyte and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight if: You have an allergic reaction. The signs may include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
What Dioralyte contains Each sachet contains glucose 3.56g, sodium chloride 0.47g, potassium chloride 0.30g and disodium hydrogen citrate 0.53g. The other ingredients are colloidal anhydrous silica, saccharin sodium. The citrus version also contains lemon and lime flavour, the blackcurrant version also contains blackcurrant flavour.
What Dioralyte looks like and contents of the pack Dioralyte is a fine, white free-flowing powder for reconstitution with water. Available in packs of 6 sachets. Each sachet contains enough powder to make a drink up with 200ml (7 fl oz) of water.
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