For years I have kept Dioralyte rehydration sachets in my medicine stash, I believe in them as an essential in times of suffering with sickness and / or diarrhoea, and also someone introduced them to me as a handy help along when recovering from a hangover. When I was last stocking up I decided to check out the Boots version instead. Reading the packaging side by side, the two products don't have the identical active ingredients, but the Boots version matched the Dioralyte brand for the glucose and salts it contained plus had some other active ingredients.
The write-up gave me the same results - rehydrating fluid to replace lost fluid and salts following bouts of diarrhoea. Over the weekend I had cause to use these when my partner was struck by the bug "doing the rounds" at the moment. Everything about the product reminded me exactly of Dioralyte, including the positive result.
The sachets contain a blackcurrant smelling powder which is mixed with 200ml of water (which needs to be precise, the packet informs) I stirred thoroughly and it took a minute or two to properly dissolve. The smell of the liquid is quite strong, but being blackcurrant it's not unpleasant and the taste is not exactly tasty but its not a challenge to drink it.
My partner didn't take the drink whilst he was actually being ill - even though the packet says to take one or two sachets after each bowel movement as he was afraid of drinking anything at all at that time. However, once the runs were over, I was encouraging him to get these down him one every few hours.
His recovery was good, and although you can never say how much of that is down to any medicine or down to natural recovery, it's still reassuring to know that by taking these drinks, those salts are being replaced and you are being built back up.
These retail around £1 less than the branded version, so I will be stocking up with these and definitely recommend them as an easy 'medicine' to aid recovery after nasty illness (as well as self inflicted discomfort!!)
I have found the contents of these sachets, mixed with water, a quick way of feeling much better when I have been dehydrated either due to exercising in hot weather, or being ill with diarrhoea and sickness.
As in all the types of rehydration sachets that I have tried, the blackcurrant ones have tasted the best. When I have felt sick, I have found that the best way of drinking it is with small sips. That way it is more likely to stay inside me than trying to drink a full glass quickly.
Dehydration has caused dizziness, headaches and tiredness in me. It can cause even worse symptoms in severe cases, so I always keep this type of medicine in my first aid cupboard.
This medicine helps replace the essential electrolytes lost during dehydration and restores the patient’s salts, sugars and fluid balance. Each sachet of granules contains Citric Acid Anhydrous 0.128g, Glucose Monohydrate 3.58g, Potassium Chloride 0.30g, Sodium Chloride 0.47g, Sodium Citrate Dihydrate 0.39g.
Of course, always read the enclosed leaflet, and if symptoms persist, seek medical advice, especially after 48 hours.
I have often seen special offers for this type of medicine around the times of year when they most expect people to be visiting hot countries for their holidays. As well as the heat a foreign diet could trigger dehydration.
I don’t see the point in buying big brand names, in this case Dioralyte, when the same medicine can be bought more cheaply as an own brand.
Boots currently sell this for the full price of £2.99 for 6, compared to £3.29 for the similar Dioralyte sachets.
As i am currently abroad in Asia this product is forefront in my mind for recommendation (I'll spare you the details!) I discovered this product many years ago and now it is a staple in my travel bag whenever I go abroad although luckily it often comes back in my bag too.
Boots rehydration sachets provide effective and rapid relief of short term dehydration and diarrhoea. When you suffer from diarrhoea your body loses more fluids and electrolytes (salts) than it normally would and often results in dehydration. These rehydration sachets contain a variety of sugars and salts (Glucose Monohydrate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate Dihydrate) which work to restore the natural salts and bodily fluids that have been lost. The contents of the sachet are dissolved in water which provides the fluid and the glucose enables the intestine to absorb the mixture.
This product is available in either a 6 or a 12 sachet pack. The packaging is actually different to the picture above. It is now a turquoise packet with a turquoise and purple design on the front. You will find this product in Boots in the travel medication section, presumably because for a lot of people foreign holidays can often result in dodgy stomachs! The sachets are quite small and thin and therefore slip easily into your luggage without taking up any room.
Using the product
To prepare the mixture you simply empty the sachet into a glass (or similar) and mix with 200ml of fresh drinking water. If fresh drinking water is not available you should use freshly boiled and cooled water instead. The sachets contain a powder and once this has dissolved in with the water the mixture is ready to drink. It is expressed as very important that you use the correct amount of water to ensure the salt and water can be absorbed into the body properly.
Boots rehydration treatment is blackcurrant flavour, however it is a very artificial flavour and does not taste nice at all. The best thing to do in my opinion is to drink the mixture down in one go and have a glass of water handy for a follow up sip to rinse away the nasty flavour!
For adults and children over 12 years of age you can opt to take either 1 or 2 sachets dissolved in water at a time (obviously if you opt for 2 sachets you need to mix with 400ml rather than 200ml.) For children of 1 to 11 years it is recommended to only take 1 sachet at a time. Personally I have only ever used one sachet at a time (and I am over 12 years of age!) and have found it to be incredibly effective. In terms of how often to take this mixture the recommendation is after each loose bowel movement but for not more than 24 to 48 hours. Again however I have personally found that it is not necessary to take more than 1 or 2 sachets in a day in order to ease the problem and I find that it gets to work straight away and generally I am feeling much better and rehydrated within the hour.
This product can be given to infants and instructions relating to this are on the individual sachets as well as on the packaging. Infact all relevant information about how and when to take is printed on each sachet which is very handy if, like me, you don't want to take the packaging away with you.
There are no know side effects to rehydration sachets and I have certainly never experience any.
To be honest I struggle to find any negatives with this product. As mentioned above the flavour is pretty unpleasant but I personally don't find many medications that taste that nice and the aftertaste can quickly be washed away with a sip of water.
Boots Rehydration Treatment is currently available in packs of 6 sachets for £3.09 and packs of 12 sachets for £4.49. Although this is not overly cheap I think for the relief of what the product does it is definitely worth the price. Plus they have a fairly long shelf life - the ones I bought in February this year are good for 18 months.
This is a must have for me when going abroad on holiday where I love to eat the local food but my stomach doesn't always love it straight away! I highly recommend this product to anyone going away, even if you don't end up needing it the peace of mind of having it with you is enough. Also, although not exactly what it is intended for this product also helps a lot with rehydration after a heavy night on the drink
Being an avid traveller, there are a number of medical bits and pieces which I never leave home without. These rehydration sachets from Boots are absolutely a key item in my travel first aid kit and I cannot tell you the number of times they have proved invaluable.
At £2.85 for a packet containing 6 foil sachets these are great value and well worth investing in if you are off anywhere exotic. Any kind of upset stomach or diarrhoea will leave you dehydrated and the combination of natural salts and essential minerals within these sachets will quickly help to restore your bodies fluid levels - much better than water on its own. If I know I am dehydrated I will first drink a pint of water, then one of these sachets then back to the normal water. It gives your body a much quicker route to hydration.
Each sachet is made of foil to avoid any moisture getting to the granules before you want to use them. When you need to use one you simply tear it open and add the granules to around 200ml of water. I am not scientific about how much water to put them in, basically a regular sized glass of water will do. They claim to be blackcurrant flavour but to be honest they do not taste particularly of blackcurrant. The flavour is not exactly nice but is not horrific either thanks to the artificial sweetening of the flavouring.
Yes, you will probably have to bolt this and may need to hold your nose, but believe me it is well worth it to get your body back on the road to recovery. I can also state that they speed up recovery from hangovers as well as stomach upsets (although I would never encourage drinking so much that you are obliged to use them for this kind of fix!).
It is important to note that these are intended for use after a period of sickness and/or diarrhoea has stopped rather than while it is ongoing. These will not prevent or stop diarrhoea or settle your stomach - you will need immodium or something similar for that. But once you have treated that, this is a great way to give your body back some of the nutrients and salts you will have lost.
As they are relatively inexpensive I never travel without these, a key piece of kit to minimise disruption to your travel plans.
Sometimes, due to various ailments your body gets really dehydrated and you spend a little while recovering until you catch up with yourself. Sometimes dehydration is very serious and medical assistance is needed as you can end up being hospitalised, so please do not take my word for anything here and read the instructions thoroughly yourself, or seek medical advice from either the doctor or the pharmacist.
Boots rehydration sachets cost £2.79 for six sachets so it works out just under fifty pence per sachet. They come in a cardboard box, with paper instructions, so the packaging is all 100% recyclable. The sachets are paper on the outside with a foil type coated inside. This is because the powder inside is dissolvable so it is important it is not exposed to water in the air before you need it otherwise this will ruin the powder. The powder is a crunchy crystalline material and the instructions say you need to dissolve it in 200ml of cold water. This is about an average sized glass and I never bother measuring out the water so I do not think the exact volume is too crucial.
The powder takes a few minutes to dissolve in the water and you can hear it dissolving. Sometimes I give it a stir with the blunt end of a knife to push the remaining crystals in as it is not nice if you try to drink it when there are lumps.
The drink is black current flavoured, but I do not think that is too specific. They just add a few flavourings to try and make it palatable. The drink is not exactly disgusting, but it certainly isn't nice either. It is just a case of getting it down you as quickly as possible without making yourself feel sick and risk counteracting the good you are doing!
The drink itself does not make you feel instantly better, but it is more of a gradual thing. It doesn't cure upset stomachs themselves, but makes the after effects easier to deal with and the recovery time shorter. It reduces the risk of headaches where you feel dried out, and bad skin. It also gives you a bit more energy as it balances the sugar levels. It makes you feel less pressured to get back to eating and drinking quite so quickly.
Another ailment this is good for is sunburn. Sunburn can really dry you out and this is excellent at aiding your recovery.
This is another one of those medicines you don't really think you will ever need, but when you do you want it in your medicine cabinet there and then. It is worth buying next time you are out shopping so you are stocked up for when your time comes round!
I have used the Boots Rehydration Treatment sachets on several occasions and so its something I usually have in my medicine cabinet for those occasions when I need it. They are very inexpensive, costing just £2.20 for six sachets - which works out as 37p per sachet. This sounds like good value to me and certainly is less expensive than the branded products out there on the market.
They are perfect for any situation where rehydration is needed - such as after over-indulging on alcohol or after having a bout of diarrhoea and vomiting. I've used it for both situations in the past - and it has decreased the time I've needed for recovery!
To use, you need to put the sachets crystals into drink form - which is easy. To do this, you add 200mls of water to the crystals and then stir as the crystals dissolve. The crystals dissolve quickly....within a few seconds....and the drink is left looking water - although it smells like squash. Having to drink 200mls of water down can be difficult when you're feeling queasy, but I've found that by sipping is slowly, it goes down quite well.
Its taste is neither pleasant nor unpleasant....its just okay. It is supposedly blackcurrant flavour but I would say that it tastes more of a general fruity flavor than blackcurrant. Its a fairly weak taste, but then again I don't think most people would want a much stronger taste if they're feeling unwell or queasy. There is a slight aftertaste of salt - but this is to be expected as it aims to replace some of the salt lost through vomiting or diarrhoea.
The product does come with a full range of instructions, including advice on when you should stop simply replacing fluid and consult a doctor. It is gentle enough to be used in children - and I have used it on my 8 year old daughter after she'd had a tummy bug.
I do think using the Rehydration Treatment does make me feel better. Its not a miracle cure, but it is effective in its aim. I do usually find that I need to repeat the treatment on a few occasions throughout the day - but again, this is true with all over the counter rehydration treatments. I cannot think of any reason not to recommend it.
I thought I would write about these sachets, as Christmas is fast approaching. Well it must be as I've seen mince pies, advent calenders, gift sets ect...... ( I'm thinking about all the Xmas parties, over indulging in the alcohol ect! ... these might come in handy!)
We have had this particular box in our cupboard for several months now after I had to rush out and buy these for my daughter after a rather heavy drinking weekend and she needed to put the salts back into her body that she had lost.
As you can see from the Dooyoo picture these come in a box containing 6 large sachets containing 4.97g. Now these are supposed to have a blackcurrant flavour to them, but I found that the taste is very weak and not to overpowering ( which is good if you have a hangover otherwise it might make you sick!) . Now I've mentioned several times about hangovers, but the main reason for taking these really is to stop acute diarrhoea and dehydration.
You must always make sure that the sachet is intact before tearing open the top. Pour the white granules into a glass and top up with fresh water 200ml (7fl oz.). It does point out that if fresh water is not available then to use boiled and cooled water instead.
Stir the granules and when they have all dissolved then it is ready to drink. This looks like clear water until you lift it to you mouth then you can smell a sweet fruity smell. On taking a gulp you will get the taste of a slightly fruity taste, but I noticed straight away the slight taste of salt after swallowing. Not unpleasant taste, but not great either. I can't put my finger on what it is, but I find it hard going by the time I'm getting to the end.
Now I'm surprised that you can give this to children from as young as 1 year, I personally prefer not to give any sort of medication of this kind unless it is really crucial.
Under 1 year; Unless a doctor has instructed you to give this to your baby, you must then give the baby one to one and a half the usual 24 hour feed volume. During the 24 hours of illness this medicine should replace normal feeds in bottle fed babies, gradually introduce the baby back to normal feeds as the baby gets better. If breastfeeding then the same amount of medicine and then breast feed just what the baby wants at that moment.
For 1-12 years; Take one sachet after each loose bowel movement.
For 12 to adults; Take one or two sachets after each loose bowel movement.
This medication is not suitable for people with liver complaints and babies should be taken to see a doctor with constant diarrhoea, according to the instructions on the box.
Enclosed in the box is an instruction leaflet, which goes on to tell you "What causes diarrhoea" which is pretty much what I would think most people would know like; food that isn't cooked properly, over ripe fruit, unwashed salad and fruit ect.....
The leaflet also points out that these sachets do not normally cause any side effects, which is good if children are taking these.
These do work well and usually one is just enough to help with the symptoms, but as with all medications, if the symptoms continue you should go to the doctors straighaway ( if you can get an appointment!!).
I personally prefer to take another sort of medication for this problem which comes in tablet form, but these are good to have in the cupboard for that morning after!!!
If you have children or you cannot take tablets very well then these would be perfect, also good for taking away on holiday as long as the water has been boiled if in another country.
These are made by Boots and come in a box of six sachets for £2.19.
I will give these 4 Dooyoo stars as I'm taking one away for the taste.