Dioralyte is a hydration agent that can be taken to help aid the absorption of water in your body in periods when you are at risk of becoming dehydrated. It's usually recommended to people who are suffering from diarrhoea and who are finding it difficult to keep water in their system for long enough for effective hydration.
It contains highly concentrated salts and glucose, which stimulates the absorption of water from your stomach. This is because these salts create an imbalance that urges the body to absorb more fluids, which apart from hydration is also helpful in reducing watery stools.
Dioralyte contains glucose, sodium chloride, potassium chloride and disodium hydrogen citrate, which forms a combination of glucose and minerals specifically combined to make it easier for water to be absorbed into your body and prevent watery stools.
Although the majority of people who take Dioralyte sachets benefit from doing so, there are cases in which a person should speak to their doctor before taking it. People that should ask their doctor’s advice before taking it include those who have chronic persistent diarrhoea, children under the age of two, people with liver or kidney problems, people with diabetes, those with a bowel obstruction or those who are allergic or have any kind of sensitivity to any of the ingredients in the treatment.
It’s also worth mentioning to your doctor if you are taking any other kind of medication, but it’s very unlikely that Dioralyte will interact negatively with any other treatment.
Dioralyte sachets are available in citrus, blackcurrant or ‘Natural’ flavoured powders. These sachets are made of laminate foil to ensure freshness and can come in packs of 6 or 20.
Before taking Dioralyte this powder should be dissolved in 200ml of cool, clean drinking water. If you are worried about the safety of the water you are using, particularly if you are abroad, you should boil the water first and wait for it to cool down. Stir the powder in the water until it’s completely dissolved and then drink it immediately, if you need to use it during the course of the day, then it should be kept for no longer than 24 hours and in a refrigerator.
You should aim to take a sachet every time you experience a loose stool.
Generally, Dioralyte isn’t likely to cause side effects, but some people may be more sensitive to the effects of the minerals and glucose in this treatment. If you experience any side effects that resemble an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing and/or swelling of the face, lips and tongue, you should seek urgent medical attention.
This treatment should be stored in a cool dry place and should be disposed of when the sachets have reached their expiry date. It’s important to take any medication you are unlikely to use again or that has expired to your pharmacy for safe disposal.