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Oral Rehydration Therapy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 27, 2019.


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Index Terms

  • Oral Hydration Solutions
  • Oral Replacement Solutions
  • ORS

Dosage Forms

Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.

Packet, Oral:

Ceralyte 50 (1.3-2.2-2.9 g/L): (100)

Ceralyte 50 (potassium free): (100)

Ceralyte 70 [OTC]: (100)

Ceralyte 70 (1.3-2.2-2.9 g/L) [OTC]: (100)

Ceralyte 90 (1.3-3.4-2.9 g/L) [OTC]: (100)

CeraSport [OTC]: (100)

CeraSport EX1 [OTC]: (100)

Emergen-C Electro Mix [OTC]: (1; 30)

Naturalyte [OTC]: (6)

Normalyte [OTC]: (6)

Pedialyte [OTC]: (6)

Pops, Oral:

Oralyte Freezer Pops [OTC]:62.5 mL/dose (16)

Pedialyte Freezer Pops [OTC]: 62.5 mL/dose (16)

Solution, Oral:

Ceralyte 70 [OTC]: (250 mL)

Enfamil Enfalyte [OTC]: (177 mL)

Naturalyte [OTC]: (1,014 mL)

Oralyte [OTC]: (1,000 mL)

Pedialyte Advanced Care [OTC]: (1,000 mL)

Pedialyte Advanced Care Plus [OTC]: (1,000 mL)

Tablet, Oral:

Medi-Lyte [OTC]: (2)

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Ceralyte 50 (potassium free) [OTC]
  • Ceralyte 50 [OTC]
  • Ceralyte 70 [OTC]
  • Ceralyte 90 [OTC]
  • CeraSport EX1 [OTC]
  • CeraSport [OTC]
  • Electro Mix [OTC]
  • Enfamil Enfalyte [OTC]
  • Medi-Lyte [OTC]
  • Naturalyte [OTC]
  • Normalyte [OTC]
  • Oralyte [OTC]
  • Pedialyte Advanced Care Plus [OTC]
  • Pedialyte Advanced Care [OTC]
  • Pedialyte [OTC]

Pharmacologic Category

  • Electrolyte Replacement, Oral
  • Rehydration, Oral

Use: Labeled Indications

Restore or prevent fluid and electrolyte loss due to mild to moderate diarrhea/vomiting or exercise

Patient Education

• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)

• Have patient report immediately to prescriber signs of fluid and electrolyte problems (mood changes, confusion, muscle pain or weakness, abnormal heartbeat, severe dizziness, passing out, fast heartbeat, increased thirst, seizures, loss of strength and energy, lack of appetite, unable to pass urine or change in amount of urine passed, dry mouth, dry eyes, or nausea or vomiting) (HCAHPS).

• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.

Intended Use and Disclaimer: Should not be printed and given to patients. This information is intended to serve as a concise initial reference for health care professionals to use when discussing medications with a patient. You must ultimately rely on your own discretion, experience, and judgment in diagnosing, treating, and advising patients.

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