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   Equalyte

Equalyte



USES: This solution restores fluids and minerals lost to diarrhea or vomiting.

 
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Equalyte

Uses
This solution restores fluids and minerals lost to diarrhea or vomiting.
Notes
  • Call the doctor if diarrhea continues past two days or if it should become worse during treatment.
  • Breast-fed infants should be given breast milk between doses of the solution.
  • Soft foods such as rice cereal, bananas, cooked peas, cooked beans and potatoes should be eaten until the diarrhea stops and regular food and milk can be taken again.

Storage
  • Store un-opened container at room temperature away from light, heat or moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • After using, replace the cap, refrigerate (do not freeze) and use within 48 hours.
  • Do not re-use the container.


How To Use
  • Do not add water.
  • The solution is ready-to-use.
  • The total amount to be given is determined by the severity of vomiting or diarrhea and the degree of dehydration.
  • You may need to contact your doctor for the exact amount to be given and for how long.
  • Generally one to two ounces per pound of body weight is given over a period of 2 to 4 hours in this manner: one teaspoonful every 10 to 15 minutes for 30 minutes; if this is tolerated, give one tablespoonful every 15 to 20 minutes followed by two tablespoonsful every 30 minutes.
  • If not tolerated or if diarrhea persists, contact the doctor.
  • The amount given each time may be gradually increased until 4 to 6 ounces (120 to 180 ml) can be given every 3 to 4 hours so that 1 to 2 quarts (1 to 2 liters) are taken per day while the diarrhea continues (adults may need more).

Side Effects
  • A common side effect that usually goes away during treatment is mild vomiting.
  • If it continues, call the doctor.
  • Call the doctor immediately if any of the following should occur: convulsions or seizures; dizziness; rapid heart rate; increased blood pressure; irritability; muscle twitching restlessness; weakness; swelling of feet or lower legs; puffy eyelids.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • This solution should not be given when: there is an inability to drink (as in cases of shock), persistent vomiting is present, stool losses are greater than 2 ounces per pound of body weight (100ml per kg) per hour-this is about 2 quarts (2 liters) per hour for a 30 pound (14 kg) child; there is difficulty urinating; intestinal blockage is present.
  • Call the doctor immediately when signs of dehydration are present.
  • These include severe thirst, doughy skin and sunken eyes.
  • Avoid other electrolyte-containing foods or liquids, such as fruit juices or foods with added salt, until treatment with this medicine is completed.

Missed Dose
  • This solution is given on an as-needed basis.
  • Follow the package directions.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medication (including nonprescription) or any home remedies for diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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