What are Dioralyte Sachets?
Dioralyte Sachets are designed to help to rehydrate those who are suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting that has caused dehydration. If you’re suffering from dehydration and need a way to rehydrate and replace the essential salts your body has lost, Dioralyte could be the perfect product for you. This product comes in three flavours: natural, citrus, and blackcurrant, in packs of 6 or 20 sachets.
When would I need rehydration sachets?
Your body needs to be hydrated to function at its best, there are many reasons why you may be dehydrated, with diarrhoea and vomiting being two of the most common causes of dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, your body won’t just be missing water, but essential salts that your body needs too. If you are dehydrated, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Feeling thirsty
- Dark yellow or strong-smelling pee
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Dry mouth, lips, or eyes
- Not using the bathroom as much as usual, or fewer than 4 times a day
If you are feeling dehydrated, you could use rehydration sachets to help to provide your body with the water and salts it needs to avoid these symptoms and function properly.
Why does vomiting cause dehydration?
If you’re vomiting regularly while you’re ill, you can become dehydrated. This is because your body is losing more fluids than it’s taking in, and it’s also losing essential salts and nutrients when you throw up. Your body needs water to function properly, so when you’re losing fluids through vomiting or diarrhoea you can become dehydrated quite easily.
How do oral rehydration sachets help with dehydration?
Oral rehydration sachets like Dioralyte rehydrate your body by helping to replace the water and salts that your body loses when you are dehydrated or have diarrhoea. They contain salts and glucose which helps your body to absorb electrolytes and water more efficiently, helping to provide the perfect balance of electrolytes that your body needs to remain healthy.
Can I take these sachets if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including those you obtained without a prescription or herbal remedies, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Dioralyte. This product can affect the way some medicines work, and it can be affected by other medicines itself, but a doctor can help you to avoid this.
Can I take this product if I’m pregnant?
You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Some products may not be suitable for you to take at this time, and if you’re vomiting or have diarrhoea during pregnancy then it would be a good idea to get your doctor’s advice.
Is this product suitable for children and babies?
Dioralyte sachets are suitable for children and babies who have diarrhoea and need rehydration. However, if your baby is younger than 2 years old, you should only give them this product under the guidance of a doctor. Your doctor will need to work out how much Dioralyte you should give to your baby, based on how much they weigh.
How to use Dioralyte Sachets
To use Dioralyte Sachets, just empty one sachet into a 200ml glass of water and stir until powder dissolves. Drink after every loose stool. If you are treating children, one sachet in 200ml of water will be enough, but some adults may find that 2 sachets dissolved in 400ml of water will be needed. Always use fresh drinking water with Dioralyte Sachets, do not dissolve the powder in anything else.
Can I mix these sachets with anything other than water?
Dioralyte oral rehydration sachets should only be mixed with water, as mixing with other liquids can affect how well this product works. For example, the ingredients in other drinks may affect the essential salts that are in this product, making the solution less effective than it should be at easing dehydration.
When should this product not be used?
Babies under the age of 2 should only be given Dioralyte Sachets under the guidance of a doctor. Do not use this product if you are allergic to glucose, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, disodium hydrogen citrate, or any of the other listed ingredients. This product is not suitable for those who suffer from a fully or partially blocked bowel. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you:
- Have diarrhoea which has lasted more than 24 – 48 hours
- Are on a low potassium or low sodium diet
- Have liver or kidney disease
- Have diabetes
- Have been told by your doctor that you cannot tolerate or digest some sugars, as this product contains glucose
Does Dioralyte have side effects?
Like all medication, Dioralyte Sachets can have side effects, although not everybody will experience them. These side effects can include an allergic reaction, which could cause:
- Swallowing or breathing problems
- Swelling of lips, face, throat, or tongue.
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of this medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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