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CeraLyte powder packets

Generic Name: electrolyte (e-LECK-troe-lite)
Brand Name: CeraLyte

CeraLyte powder packets are used for:

Treating or preventing dehydration caused by diarrhea. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

CeraLyte powder packets are a carbohydrate and electrolyte combination. It works by replacing electrolytes and carbohydrates in the body to prevent dehydration.

Do NOT use CeraLyte powder packets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in CeraLyte powder packets
  • you have high blood potassium levels

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using CeraLyte powder packets:

Some medical conditions may interact with CeraLyte powder packets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have heart failure, fluid retention (eg, swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet), intestinal holes or punctures, difficulty urinating, kidney problems, or unexplained rectal bleeding
  • if you have severe or persistent vomiting, severe diarrhea, or if you are dehydrated
  • if you are unable to properly absorb glucose from food

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with CeraLyte powder packets. However, no specific interactions with CeraLyte powder packets are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if CeraLyte powder packets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use CeraLyte powder packets:

Use CeraLyte powder packets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take CeraLyte powder packets by mouth with food.
  • Do not heat CeraLyte powder packets.
  • Briskly stir 1 packet of CeraLyte powder packets into 4½ cups (1 L) of water until completely dissolved. For a single serving, briskly stir 2 teaspoons of CeraLyte powder packets into 7 ounces (200 mL) of water until completely dissolved.
  • Drink enough of CeraLyte powder packets to replace the fluid you are losing through diarrhea. Check with your doctor if you are unsure how much of CeraLyte powder packets you should use. Continue to use CeraLyte powder packets until diarrhea stops.
  • Refrigerate any unused solution for up to 24 hours.
  • If you miss a dose of CeraLyte powder packets, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use CeraLyte powder packets.

Important safety information:

  • If vomiting, fever, stomach pain or bloating, or diarrhea that lasts longer than 24 hours occurs, check with your doctor.
  • CeraLyte powder packets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using CeraLyte powder packets while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use CeraLyte powder packets, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of CeraLyte powder packets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of CeraLyte powder packets:

Store CeraLyte powder packets at room temperature, below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. After mixing, store CeraLyte powder packets in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Throw away any medicine not used within 24 hours. Keep CeraLyte powder packets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about CeraLyte powder packets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • CeraLyte powder packets are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take CeraLyte powder packets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about CeraLyte powder packets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to CeraLyte powder packets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using CeraLyte powder packets.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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