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Electrolyte strips

Generic Name: electrolyte (e-LEK-tro-lite)
Brand Name: GNP Pediatric Electrolyte

Electrolyte strips are used for:

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

Electrolyte strips are an electrolyte combination. It works by replacing electrolytes (eg, sodium, potassium) that may be lost due to vomiting or diarrhea.

Do NOT use electrolyte strips if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in electrolyte strips
  • you have high blood sodium or potassium levels

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

Before using electrolyte strips:

Some medical conditions may interact with electrolyte strips. 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

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with electrolyte strips. However, no specific interactions with electrolyte strips are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if electrolyte strips 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 electrolyte strips:

Use electrolyte strips as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take electrolyte strips by mouth with or without food.
  • Do not mix electrolyte strips with water or any other liquid.
  • Place electrolyte strips in the mouth on the tongue or cheek and allow it to dissolve.
  • Drinking extra fluids while you are taking electrolyte strips is recommended. Check with your doctor for instructions.
  • If you miss a dose of electrolyte strips, take it as soon as you remember. Continue to take it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use electrolyte strips.

Important safety information:

  • If vomiting, fever, stomach pain or bloating, or diarrhea that lasts longer than 24 hours occurs, check with your doctor.
  • Do not use electrolyte strips in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old without first checking with the child's doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using electrolyte strips 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 electrolyte strips, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of electrolyte strips:

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).

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 electrolyte strips:

Store electrolyte strips at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep electrolyte strips out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about electrolyte strips, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Electrolyte strips 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 electrolyte strips 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 electrolyte strips. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to electrolyte strips. 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 electrolyte strips.

Issue Date: June 3, 2015

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