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Generic Name: Glucose; Potassium chloride; Sodium acid citrate; Sodium bicarbonate; Sodium chloride
Product Name: Gastrolyte


Carbohydrate and electrolytes combination is used to treat or prevent dehydration (the loss of too much water from body) that may occur as a result severe diarrhea, especially in babies and young children.Although this medicine does not immediately stop the diarrhea, it replaces the water and some important salts (electrolytes), such as sodium and potassium, that are lost from the body during diarrhea, and helps prevent more serious problems. Some carbohydrate and electrolyte solutions may also be used after surgery when food intake has been stopped.

Dose advice

The volume of reconstituted Gastrolyte required per day should be determined by the physician, taking into account the constitution of the patient and severity of the condition. In regards to infantile diarrhoea and older children Gastrolyte should be given freely until the thirst reflex subsides or whilst diarrhoea persists.

Mild cases (no dehydration):

  • During the first 12 to 24 hours of illness, the infant can be offered Gastrolyte solution in the same quantities as are used for the usual feeds.
  • For the next 12 to 24 hours, the infant can be given half strength feeds of the usual formula mixed with an equal volume of water.
  • Following this, full strength feeds should be recommenced.
  • Ordinary solid feeds should be continued throughout the course of Gastrolyte treatment.

More severe cases (dehydration):

  • Prompt medical attention should be sought if dehydration is suspected.
  • Signs of dehydration include documented weight loss, reduced urine output, and diminished skin turgor.
  • A suggested regimen for rehydration is given in the following table.



Common side effects

Symptoms of too much fluid in the body:

  • Puffy eyelids
  • Vomiting

For further information talk to your doctor.

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Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 20 October, 2015

Created by: myVMC