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Gastrolyte is a non-prescription oral rehydration solution that is used to treat dehydration caused by diarrhea or vomiting. It contains a combination of sodium, potassium, and glucose. It helps to replace the fluids, electrolytes, and minerals lost from the body during diarrhea and vomiting, which can lead to dehydration.
Gastrolyte works by providing the body with a balance of glucose and electrolytes, including sodium, potassium, and chloride. The glucose in Gastrolyte helps to promote the absorption of water and electrolytes across the lining of the intestine, while the electrolytes help to regulate the body's fluid balance and prevent dehydration.
Use and Dosage
Gastrolyte is an oral rehydration solution used to manage fluid loss due to diarrhea and vomiting. To use Gastrolyte, you should mix the contents of one sachet in one liter of drinking water (or the amount of water indicated on the package) and stir until the powder has completely dissolved.
The solution should be sipped slowly and frequently throughout the day, rather than gulped all at once. For infants, the water should be freshly boiled and cooled before mixing with Gastrolyte. The amount of Gastrolyte to be consumed may vary based on age, body weight, and severity of symptoms. Follow the instructions provided on the package or as advised by a healthcare practitioner.
Consult a healthcare practitioner if the symptoms persist for longer than 24 hours or worsen.
Common Side Effects of Gastrolyte (Sodium/Potassium/Glucose non-Rx):
- Convulsions (seizures)
- Fast heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Muscle twitching
- Swelling of feet or lower legs
Serious Side Effects of Gastrolyte (Sodium/Potassium/Glucose non-Rx):
- Freezer pops
- Persistent diarrhea
- Persistent vomiting
Forms and Strength
Gastrolyte (Sodium/Potassium/Glucose non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Gastrolyte: Fruit Sachets
- No dose
- Allergic reaction: Individuals with a history of hypersensitivity reactions to the ingredients of the product may need to avoid using Gastrolyte.
- Diabetic individuals: Gastrolyte contains glucose, which can be problematic for individuals with diabetes or other conditions that affect glucose metabolism. These individuals should consult with their healthcare provider before using Gastrolyte.
- Individuals with certain health conditions: Gastrolyte may not be suitable for individuals with certain health conditions, such as congestive heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease, as it can affect fluid and electrolyte balance. These individuals should consult with their healthcare provider before using Gastrolyte.
- Use as directed: Use Gastrolyte as directed by the instructions on the package or as advised by a healthcare provider.
- Consulting a healthcare provider: Individuals with significant or persistent symptoms of dehydration, such as severe diarrhea or vomiting, or those who have underlying medical conditions should seek medical attention and consult with a healthcare provider before using Gastrolyte.
- Medication interactions: Gastrolyte may interact with other medications, especially those that affect electrolyte balance, such as diuretics or blood pressure medications. Patients should consult with their healthcare provider before using Gastrolyte if they are taking any medications.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult with their healthcare provider before using Gastrolyte, as it can affect fluid and electrolyte balance.
- Age restrictions: Gastrolyte may not be suitable for infants under the age of 6 months without medical guidance.
- Storage: Gastrolyte should be stored in a dry place and kept out of reach of children.
- Adverse effects: Although rare, individuals may experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea after using Gastrolyte. If these symptoms persist, patients should seek medical attention.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are there any medication interactions with Gastrolyte?
Gastrolyte may interact with other medications, especially those that affect electrolyte balance, such as diuretics or blood pressure medications. Patients should consult with their healthcare provider before using Gastrolyte if they are taking any medications.
How should Gastrolyte be stored?
Gastrolyte should be stored in a dry place and kept out of reach of children.
Can I take Gastrolyte if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Gastrolyte is generally safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women. However, it is always recommended to consult with your doctor before taking any new medication, including over-the-counter products like Gastrolyte.
Is Gastrolyte suitable for children?
Yes, Gastrolyte can be given to children. However, you should follow the instructions on the package to determine the appropriate dosage based on the child's age and weight.
It's important to purchase Gastrolyte from verified Canadian pharmacy.