September 2, 2014
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Pediatric Electrolyte

(oral rehydration solution)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02219883 PEDIATRIC ELECTROLYTE SOLUTION

How does Pediatric Electrolyte work? What will it do for me?

Oral rehydration solutions are used to manage fluid loss due to diarrhea and vomiting. The solution consists of salt, water, and sugar, which replenish fluids and electrolytes that have been lost from the body. It also helps the intestines absorb water to prevent further dehydration.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

How should I use Pediatric Electrolyte?

The amount of solution you should take depends on your weight. Toddlers, children, and adults should generally take 100 mL to 150 mL per kilogram of body weight (45 mL to 70 mL per pound) each day. Follow the directions provided with the product you are using. If you are also vomiting, start with small amounts of solution and increase this amount when vomiting subsides.

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about doses for your infant. If you are breast-feeding your infant, continue to do so while you are giving your infant an oral rehydration solution. Discontinue feeding for 24 hours if your infant is fed cow's milk or milk formula.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor or pharmacist has recommended a dose different from the ones above, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children. If you make a solution from a powder, any solution that is left one hour after making it should be discarded. The solution made from powder can be stored in the refrigerator after mixing for up to 24 hours. When products bought in solution form are opened, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. For freezer pops, discard any unused solution.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Pediatric Electrolyte come in?

Liquid

Apple flavour
Each litre of solution provides 45 mEq of sodium, 20 mEq of potassium, 35 mEq of chloride, 30 mEq of citrate, 20 g of dextrose, and 5 g of fructose. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acesulfame potassium, artificial apple flavour, benzoic acid (a preservative), caramel colour, citric acid, fructose, sucralose, and water.

Grape flavour
Each litre of solution provides 45 mEq of sodium, 20 mEq of potassium, 35 mEq of chloride, 30 mEq of citrate, 20 g of dextrose, and 5 g of fructose. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acesulfame potassium, artificial grape flavour, benzoic acid (a preservative), citric acid, FD&C Red No. 40, fructose, sucralose, and water.

Cherry flavour
Each litre of solution provides 45 mEq of sodium, 20 mEq of potassium, 35 mEq of chloride, 30 mEq of citrate, 20 g of dextrose, and 5 g of fructose. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acesulfame potassium, benzoic acid (a preservative), citric acid, FD&C Red No. 40, fructose, natural and artificial cherry flavour, sucralose, and water.

Fruit flavour
Each litre of solution provides 45 mEq of sodium, 20 mEq of potassium, 35 mEq of chloride, 30 mEq of citrate, 20 g of dextrose, and 5 g of fructose. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acesulfame potassium, benzoic acid (a preservative), citric acid, FD&C Yellow No. 6, fructose, natural and artificial flavor, sucralose, and water.

Freezer pops

Each litre of solution provides 45 mEq of sodium, 20 mEq of potassium, 35 mEq of chloride, and 30 mEq of citrate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acesulfame potassium, benzoic acid (a preservative), citric acid, dextrose, potassium citrate, sodium carboxymethylcelluolose, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, sucralose and water. Cherry also contains natural and artificial cherry flavour, sulfites, maltodextrin, corn starch, ethylacetate, and FD&C Red No. 40. Orange also contains natural and artificial orange flavour, maltodextrin, corn starch, tocopherol, and FD&C Yellow No. 6 and FD&C Red No. 40. Grape also contains natural and artificial grape flavour, maltodextrin, corn starch, acetic acid, ethylacetate, sodium ascorbate, EDTA calcium, FD&C Red No. 40, and FD&C Blue No. 1. Wild berry also contains natural and artificial wild berry flavour, maltodexrtrin, corn starch, triacetin, acetic acid, and FD&C Blue No. 1.

Who should NOT take Pediatric Electrolyte?

Oral rehydration solutions should not be taken by anyone who:

  • is allergic to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • has a blockage in the intestines or perforation (tear or hole) in the bowel

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