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Dioralyte is an of rehydration salts that assist you regain lost water and salt in the body. This product is in a powder type inside a sachet, to make use of it, you must mix the contents of the sachet in water to make a cup.
Diarrhea and its causes
Diarrhea is loose, watery bowel movements that may occur regularly and comes with an extreme sense of urgency. Diarrhea that lasts more than 24hrs could be a sign of a serious health problem.
These are the most common causes of diarrhoea:
Ingestion of Infected/contaminated food or water
Viral infection such as the common cold/flu, norovirus, or rotavirus. Rotavirus is deemed to be the most common causes of acute diarrhoea in children.
Parasites, tiny organisms found in contaminated/infected food or water
Drugs like antibiotics, cancer medications, and antacids containing magnesium
Food allergies and sensitivities, which are problems digesting certain ingredients or foods. An example is lactose intolerance.
irritable bowel syndrome
Some people also get diarrhoea after stomach surgery, because sometimes the surgeries can cause food to move through your digestive system more quickly.
Sometimes no cause can be found. If your diarrhoea goes away within a few days, finding the cause is usually not necessary.
Stomach cramps or pain in the abdomen
Frequent need to pass out faeces
Lack of bowel control
If the diarrhoea is caused by a virus or bacteria, then other symptoms include fever, cold/chills, and bloody stools.
Diarrhoea could also cause dehydration; in other words, your body does not have enough fluid to function correctly. Dehydration could be a serious issue, especially with children, the elderly, and people with fragile immune systems.
Dehydration and its causes
Dehydration is deemed to be what happens when the body loses fluids more than you consume. If it's not treated, it can get worse and become a serious problem.
The causes of dehydration may not be due to underlying diseases. Examples include heat, excessive activity, insufficient fluid consumption, fluid loss, excessive sweating or medication side effects.
Common Symptoms of dehydration:
Extreme feeling of thirst
Foul-smelling and dark yellow urine
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Dry eyes, mouth and lips
Producing only a small amount of urine, and urinating less than four times a day
How effective is Dioralyte?
Dioralyte sachets is a medicine which contains rehydration salts, which consist of sugar (glucose) and electrolytes such as sodium chloride, potassium chloride and disodium hydrogen citrate.
The after-effects of diarrhoea is an unusual and increased loss of fluids and salts like sodium and potassium, which gets you dehydrated. Using Dioralyte will help you replace these fluids and salts to help rehydrate you.
When you dissolve the contents of the sachets in water, this provides a liquid solution that helps with the fluid replacement in the body. The glucose in dioralyte sachets enables the water and electrolytes to be adequately absorbed from the intestines.
Dioralyte sachets target the dehydration your body encounter as a result of diarrhoea, by rendering the following help to your body:
Replace and balance lost fluids in the body
Restores essential body salts
Yes, you can. Dioralyte Sachet does not require a formal prescription, though it is advisable to consult your medical officer before use, to discuss your suitability with the product. You must be at least 18 years old to purchase this product.
What dose should I take?
Adults (including the elderly):
Should dissolve 1 or 2 sachets in water and drink after each runny faeces.
Children aged two years and over:
Should dissolve 1 sachet in water and drink after each runny faeces.
Babies under two years of age:
Always seek medical advice when treating a baby. The doctor will prescribe the dosage based on the baby's body weight.
For a start, give the baby the solution instead of food. The amount of Dioralyte solution that a doctor would recommend you give over 24 hours is about 1 to 11/2 times the volume of fluid the baby would generally drink within 24 hours. Do not take more than the recommended dosage prescribed by the doctor.
Stop bottle-feeding or feeding the baby with any other feeds, as the diarrhoea reduces then you can introduce feeds gradually.
If breastfeeding: Give the baby the Dioralyte solution before breastfeeding and then offer the baby the breast after taking the solution.
Take the dioralyte solution in small sips with a straw if you are nauseous.
Do not eat in the initial stages of diarrhoea. In about 24 to 48 hrs, as the diarrhoea reduces, you can introduce food to the body gradually.
In the case of chronic diarrhoea, that is, diarrhoea that lasts more than 24 to 48 hrs, please consult a doctor immediately.
What are the side effects of Dioralyte?
Just like all other medicines, Dioralyte sachet can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
However, if you notice anything unusual, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You should not usually 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
Please inform a medical doctor or pharmacist before using or have recently taken any other medication. This does not exclude drugs bought without a prescription, which includes herbal medications. Dioralyte could affect the way some other medicines work. Some medicines can also affect the way Dioralyte sachets functions.
A pregnant and breastfeeding woman should consult a medical professional or pharmacist for advice before taking medicine. This also includes those planning to get pregnant.
This medicine contains glucose as an active ingredient, which is a type of sugar. If you’ve been diagnosed with an intolerance to sugar have difficulty digesting sugar, do not use.
Always read the patient information leaflet before taking this medicine. Dioralyte sachets patient information leaflet can be found here.
Content reviewed 06 April 2020, Last updated 06 April 2020
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