What are Dioralyte Relief Sachets?
Dioralyte Relief Sachets are a oral rehydration treatment that can help you to recover from dehydration after having diarrhoea. It helps to replace the water and salts lost from your body when you have diarrhoea as well as helping your poo to return to a normal consistency. Dioralyte Relief Sachets can be used by all the family, making this the ideal product to have in your medicine cupboard if someone catches a tummy bug.
What causes dehydration?
Dehydration happens when your body is losing more fluids than it’s taking in. This can happen when you’re unwell, as certain symptoms can cause you to lose fluids quite quickly. Some of the most common causes of dehydration include:
- Excessive sweating, e.g. during exercise, when overheating in the sun
- Medications that make you pee more often (diuretics)
- Drinking too much alcohol, which is a diuretic
How will Dioralyte Relief Sachets help me to rehydrate after diarrhoea?
Dioralyte Relief sachets contain a mixture of active ingredients which work together to help you rehydrate after you’ve had diarrhoea. Sodium chloride and potassium chloride help to replace the minerals and salts you lose from your body when you have diarrhoea. Meanwhile, the pre-cooked rice powder helps to bulk up watery poo so it will return to normal.
Can I take this product if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Dioralyte Relief. This medication may not be suitable for you at this time. Also, you should speak to your doctor if you are vomiting or have diarrhoea during pregnancy, as they may wish to investigate the cause.
Can I give this product to my child?
Dioralyte Relief Sachets can be taken by children over the age of 1 to ease their dehydration when they’ve had diarrhoea. If your child is aged 3 months to 1 year old, they can still take this product but should only do so if you’ve been told to by your doctor. Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully, as they may advise a different dosage for infants.
How to make up Dioralyte Relief Sachets
Dissolve the contents of one Dioralyte Relief sachet in 200ml of cool drinking water. If you’re giving this product to a young child, you can use freshly boiled water which has cooled. Stir the powder until it dissolves and drink the solution right away. Take the following doses:
- Adults and children over the age of 1: Take one sachet after each loose stool for 3 – 4 days at most. Do not take more than 5 sachets a day
- For babies aged 3 – 12 months: Take as recommended by your doctor. You will usually need to give your baby 150 – 200ml of this product for evert kg that they weigh, spread evenly throughout the day. If your baby is being sick, start by giving them one or two teaspoons of the drink every 5 minutes, increasing the amount slightly over time until your baby can drink normally
When should this product not be used?
Dioralyte Relief is not suitable for use in children under the age of 3 months and should only be given to children aged 3 – 12 months under medical supervision. Do not take this product if you are allergic to pre-cooked rice powder, sodium citrate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not take this product if you:
- Have a partially or fully blocked bowel, or intestinal obstruction
- Have severe liver or kidney disease
- Have an illness called phenylketonuria, which runs in families
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you:
- Have an electrolyte imbalance, meaning that you have unusual levels of salts in your body
- Are on a low potassium or low sodium diet
- Are taking any other medications, including herbal remedies
- Suffer with alcoholism, as this product contains 2.5 vol % ethanol, which is the same as about 4ml of beer or 1.7ml of wine in each dose
Does this product have any side effects?
Like all medications, Dioralyte Relief can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include side effects caused by an allergic reaction, such as:
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat
If you experience any symptoms of allergic reaction, stop use and seek immediate medical assistance. If you experience any other side effects while taking this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For more information about reporting the side effects of 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 take this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children. Once made up, drink this product right away and discard any remaining drink after 1 hour. You can store this product for up to 24 hours in a refrigerator before drinking.
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.
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The active substances are pre-cooked rice powder, sodium citrate, sodium chloride and potassium chloride
The other ingredients are hypromellose, aspartame, blackcurrant flavour 501017 or raspberry flavouring 611417E, purified water and ethanol 96%
Dehydration in Babies and Children and How to Treat it
Dehydration can be a real problem when your child is sick, especially if they’re struggling to keep food and drink down.
When they’re unwell, making sure they get enough fluids is essential, and it will help both you and your child feel better in the long run.
If you’re worried about dehydration affecting your child, you’ve come to the right place, as we’re going to take a look at what dehydration means for children and what you can do to help.
What is Dehydration and What are its Symptoms?
Have you drunk enough water today? If you aren’t drinking enough then hydration could be a real problem for you, especially if you get sick.
Dehydration can affect anyone, young, old, and in between, and it may be more common than you’d think!
Let’s take a look at what dehydration is, what causes it, and all of the nasty effects it can have on your body.
How long do you recommend taking dioralyte for dehydration?
You can take Dioralyte until you are feeling better and returning to a normal food and drink diet after illness.
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