Dioralyte is an oral rehydration therapy containing a balanced combination of electrolytes which include glucose, sodium chloride, potassium chloride and disodium hydrogen citrate. It is recommended for the replacement of essential water and salt loss which can happen for various reasons including when you have diarrhoea.
How To Use
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 the solution just before it 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 in anything else.
- Always use water that has been freshly boiled and cooled for babies aged 3 months to 1 year. If your child is under 24 months talk to your doctor before using Dioralyte.
1) Empty the contents of 1 sachet into a glass
2) Add 200 ml (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 (vomiting) take the medicine in small sips.
- If you have diarrhoea, it is best not to eat during the early stages. If diarrhoea lasts for more than 24 to 36 hours see your doctor.
- If you are elderly and/or suffer from liver or kidney disease, talk to your doctor before using Dioralyte.
Adults including elderly persons: One to two sachets after each loose stool
Children over 24 months: One sachet after every loose stool
Infants under 24 months: Use only on medical advice. Infants under the age of 24 months that have diarrhoea should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.
Do not take Dioralyte and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if your bowel is partially or fully blocked (called ‘intestinal obstruction’)
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if:
- The child taking the medicine is under 24 months.
- The diarrhoea has lasted for more than 24 to 36 hours, you may need other treatment.
- You are on a low potassium or low sodium diet.
- You have liver or kidney disease.
- You have diabetes.
- The active substances are glucose, sodium chloride, potassium chloride and disodium hydrogen citrate. Other Ingredients include: colloidal anhydrous silica, saccharin sodium, lemon/lime flavour (contains sulphur dioxide (E220), citrus packs only)
- Dioralyte Citrus Powder contains sulphur dioxide. Sulphur dioxide may rarely cause severe hypersensitivity reactions and bronchospasm.