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Dioralyte sachets are something I always keep in the medicine cupboard, as they're handy to have in for those times you feel too poorly to leave the house. They are intended to replace lost fluids and salts following incidents of diarrhoea. Currently on offer in Boots costing 3.29 GBP for 6 sachets, they are not cheap, but essential to ensure essential fluids are replaced.
The sachets are obviously individually packaged, which makes them convenient if you want to use them on the go. To use, you simply tip the contents of the sachet into a glass of water, stir, and drink. The instructions recommend using 200ml of water but I never measure it, preferring to just use a standard sized drinking glass. For adults, it is suggested that you should have one or two sachets after each loose motion, so if you have a stomach bug you'll find yourself getting through quite a few of these!
Despite these being blackcurrant flavoured, drinking them isn't a particularly pleasant experience. They are quite chalky in texture, and although you would expect them to be sweet tasting, they're actually quite bitter.
Although the idea is to replace water and salts lost, I also find that the sachets make me feel better pretty quickly, as they somehow manage to settle my stomach. I prefer to use these sachets in preference to diarrhoea relief tablets because they kill two birds with one stone.
I would definitely recommend these sachets, as it is really important to replace lost fluids to avoid dehydration, especially in children and the elderly. Other than the usual precautions (seeking advice if pregnant or breastfeeding and so on),you should also seek advice if you suffer from diabetes,kidney or liver failure, or if you are on a low potassium or sodium diet. It is also recommended that if vomiting is present with the diarrhoea, that the solution should only be consumed in small quantities, presumably to avoid the risk of bringing it back up again. I have used these during nasty stomach bugs, and although they don't taste very nice, have always managed to keep it down straight after taking. However, I would definitely recommend sipping rather than drinking them quickly, as I have made that mistake with water alone and it doesn't end happily. The sachets are also suitable for children, although I would imagine it would be difficult getting children to drink them as they are quite unpleasant tasting, and leave a chalky taste in your mouth. In fact, it's only because I know they do me good that I am inclined to take them when I'm ill, because you don't get the same comforting feeling you get from things like Lemsips. They are quite expensive, but it's unlikely you'd need more than one box during one bout of illness, so for this reason they don't work out too bad value wise. Four stars from me - one star knocked off for the chalky taste and price.
I have to admit that I keep Dioralyte sachets in my medicine cabinet not for their intended medicinal use, but because I heard about what a great rescue they are for hangovers!
Inside the box are individual sachets containing a small amount of blackcurrant smelling powder. You tear open the sachets and put them into a glass and top up with water. The quantity of water is a 200ml so not a huge amount, which is also good if you've been suffering badly with diarrhoea and sometimes you can't even take drinks. You stir the powder and water until the powder is fully dissolved and you're left with a cloudy-looking glass of liquid which has only a feint blackcurrant smell,
When you're actually drinking it, it's a peculiar consistency, difficult to describe, but not quite as thin as water or a standard blackcurrant drink. Not significantly, almost indetectable, but just that tiny bit more towards a syrupy texture than water. The taste is pleasant enough, but taking these drinks is not pleasant to me personally - the consistency, although almost indetectable, does feel a bit strange. (Or maybe thats the tickle-stomach of the hangover? ... or tummy bug!). Having said that, they are not exactly difficult or excessively unpleasant to take, but it's no pleasure either. At the end of the day though, it's just like having a drink and it's gone in a few seconds.
They contain electrolytes (salts) and glucose (sugars) which are all selected for their properties in building your system back up when you are dehydrated (whether through your misfortune or misadventure!!!). The sugars apparently help your body to absorb the salts quicker which accelerates how quickly they begin to make you feel better. Whatever the magic mix, I can say 100% from my experience, they DO work.
After a recent bout of diarrhoea, my partner took these sachets as soon as he was able to take drinks, and he was over it and feeling better quite quickly, I'm sure these really helped. As a hangover remedy I do find they work (not that I recommend the hangover of course) helping the rehydration process and making me feel human again.
My first encounter with Dioralyte was in Hong Kong in summer 1994. I was travelling in my gap year, and spent three weeks volunteering to train youngsters in English. My first week was spent in a training centre and on the second day I must have eaten some bad bean sprouts because I. Was. Sick.
The next morning I stumbled out of my cabin and met up with the other Brits who were in a neighbouring hut. One of them, an older gentleman who'd travelled for decades, took pity on me and gave me some sachets of Dioralyte from his own medical kit. At this point I was willing to try anything as I was jetlagged, homesick and feeling desperately unwell.
I made up the sachet according to the instructions on the pack and sipped the resulting concoction very, very slowly. By some miracle it stayed down, and within an hour I was able to start getting some more liquids down. Within a day or so I was able to participate in activites again, and went on to have a fantastic time for the rest of my trip.
Dioralyte is a product designed to help replenish salts and essential electrolytes lost during bouts of acute vomiting and/or diarrhoea. What I didn't know until I encountered this product is that when you are suffering from this sort of illness you need to replace more than just water.
Dioralyte comes in a variety of flavours, the most commonly available (and palatable) being the blackcurrent. It's normally sold in boxes of 6 sachets for around £3.50. Cheaper own-brand versions are available and are just as effective, but they don't taste as nice and when I'm really ill I want to take the most pleasant product available.
The back of the Dioralyte box contains comprehensive instructions on dosage, use and precautions, and even some simple graphics for when you're so ill you can barely think straight. Inside are six single-dose sachets and a clear, detailed information leaflet.
I'm unlucky enough to be one of those people who catches a vomiting bug with annoying regularity so I always make sure I have sachets of in-date Dioralyte in the house.
Each sachet is easily torn open to reveal the product which is a white, granular powder. I think it has a chemically smell, but considering it's packed full of all the salts your body is crying out for when you're suffering acute illness, I don't care! It dissolves easily in water with minimal stirring.
When you are suffering acute illness it can be very hard to keep fluids down, and so it is recommended that you sip Dioralyte slowly to minimise the risk of triggering more vomiting. This is where having a palatable product is essential for me and the reason why I choose to buy the branded product rather than a cheaper, generic alternative. If I need to sip something slowly I want the taste to be something I can (literally!) stomach.
Once made up with water I don't notice the chemically smell of Dioralyte Blackcurrent which makes it easier to face drinking. It tastes very salty (due to the essential ingredients it contains). The blackcurrent flavour masks it sufficiently for me to be able to sip the made-up liquid with no problems.
Ever since my experience in Hong Kong all those years ago I have learned to take rehydration very seriously when I am ill. Dioralyte is an excellent product that helps me start that process quickly and is now the first thing I attempt to drink after an acute bout of illness. Once I have managed to consume a Dioralyte drink I am usually able to start drinking plain water, so this product is an essential first-step in recovery for me.
As I've said before, I've done a lot of travelling in my life. For some of those trips, this has meant that I have had some experience of epic stomach bugs. I lost a stone in three and a half weeks in Nepal, a stone in three weeks in India and as a result, dehydration - I know. Big Time.
This is a product designed to rehydrate the body when it has and is going through a bout of the trots, be it the moderate or losing fluids from both ends versions. They key to its sucess is that is restores the right balance of salts and sugars as well as potassium which are lost when afflicted. This is essential as simply drinking (safe) water is not enough. Diarrhoea and vomiting both rip electorlytes from the body and water alone cannot restore these. Restoration requires both salt and sugar or the body will remain dehydrated.
Dehydration is what kills. It is not just something that makes you look drained and knocks the stuffing out of your skin. It is what kills babies and children every day in this world and it can kill adults, even ones from the Western World with the bodily reserves to cope with losing a stone in a very short period of time. It can be prevented by clean water and a fanatical devotion to germ and bug avoidance, but even when doing this if a bug from the dust makes its way into the gastro-intestinal tract, you need rehydration not just a bottle or two of mineral water.
Sachets like this do make this easier. They can be made much cheaper from salt and sugar and supplemented with a banana when food can be faced, but sometimes all you can manage is to tear open one of these and add to the prescribed 200ml of clean, safe water and neck.
Especially for children, this water should be boiled and then cooled.
Adults, especially travellers, may find that sealed, bottled water is the safest option as well as the easiest. It is how I used it.
When the water is in the clean and safe glass, pour 200ml, and tip the contents of the sachet into it. Allow them to dissolve and drink. This should be done within an hour, though it can be used for up to a day. Since 200ml is not that much fluid when faced with a bad attack of the trots, 200ml should be consumed within that hour, though if fluid retention is an immediate issue, sipping until it stays down may well be the best way to go.
The taste is vaguely blackcurrentish. Though Ribena levels of blackcurrenty scruminess is not on offer. It is salty, which makes sense given that salt is an major ingredient. There is sweetness from the glucose, but it is the cloying and not so palatable version of 'sweet'.
Does it work?
It is the branded and as such pricier version of a product widely used to save lives in the developing world. It re-balances the electrolytes and allows water to be retained in the gut, where it is needed. With rebalanced electorlytes, good, clean, simple water can do its normal job and rehydrate the body normally.
It is safe for use by pregnant and breastfeeding women. Though diabetics and those with kidney and liver conditions should take care. If the attack persists, medical help should be sought - though where I've used these medical help has not been possible.
They are also handy for the dehydration caused by Winter Vominting Bugs and hangovers.
These can be bought at Boots at £4.25 or 425 Advantage Points for six sachets. These sachets do last well when stored in a dry cool place, which helps with the cost.
All great, right?
You do get all this. It does work.
But you can get essentially the same effect from letting a glass of full sugar Coca-Cola go flat and drinking that and eating a bit of banana. It will taste much better, gives you much more fluid, the same benefits and a caffeine fix to perk you up when you need it and is a lot cheaper.
That is what I use now.
Though I do still have some of the sachets in the first aid box just in case I can't find a bottle of Coke. Though this is unlikely as where I tend to need this treatment safely packaged Coke is often easier to find than clean, safe water to mix this product with.
Why we used it?
Since we returned from holiday we have had some sort of virus that cannot make up its mind as to if it wants to be flu or a stomach bug. My youngest son who is only two was hit really hard with it, and he was finding it hard to keep fluids down. On top of that he had really watery stools many times a day, so being a little over the top I took him to A and E just to check he was not dehydrated. Once they had checked him over they advised me to pick up some of this for him. It does state on the box it should only be used by children after speaking to a doctor. It should not be used at all by infants under three months old, and for infants aged 3 months - 2 years old it should only be used under medical supervision.
You can use up to five sachets a day for up to three to four days, but then seek medical attention if the problem persists. We were lucky we still had 5 of the 6 sachets remaining from when I had an upset stomach previously, but we did pop to the chemist to check how it should be used for a smaller child. We were so relieved he was ok we hadn't asked how it should be used with a small child. The box doesn't really help much on how to administer it to a small child and I knew he would not be able to drink a full glass.
Making it up and using
The chemist advised us to give him small amounts after each watery stool to make sure he was still getting enough water. She also advised us to give him a little after he was sick as any fluids he was drinking were coming straight back up. As my son was finding it difficult to keep anything down we were advised to give him 5mls of this at a time. To make the contents of these sachets you need to all of the powder to 200mls of drinking water. Then simply stir the contents until it turns into a milky consistency. It does state it should not be used after an hour of being made up, but it can be kept made up in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. While ours did not sit that long it did keep for a good three hours perfectly in the fridge. We just gave it a little stir each time as the powder tends to begin to set at the bottom.
It has a blackcurrant flavour to it and my son was happy to take it with a syringe as he did not like the appearance in a cup. Even after taking it a few times he was still happy, and actually seemed like he knew it was helping him. The taste is rather unpleasant, there is still a slightly medical taste to it and not something you would take for fun, but it tastes good enough to keep a two year old happy. I have used this before and I have to admit I found it difficult to drink. It stays a thin consistency, but there is certainly a powdery taste to it especially as you reach the bottom of the drink. Even with constantly stirring it the powder begins to settle at the bottom which makes it harder to drink the further you reach to the bottom of the glass. It is drinkable but certainly not pleasant.
I have to say this worked fantastically. My little boy had been very poorly for days mainly sleeping on the sofa getting cuddles from Mummy. He was reluctant to take it at first thinking it was just another medicine, but once we managed to give him the first lot he was happy to take it each time after. We used it slightly differently to how an adult would take it as we had to give it in small amounts. Adults should drink the whole glass at once, and the box states it is important to make sure you drink the whole substance including the more powdery bottom.
Instantly he seemed to perk up a little which I thought was great. We did have another nappy change soon after and found it to be the same consistency, but thankfully this was the last of it. After around an hour my little boy perked right up and actually began asking for another dose of the medicine which is unusual for him. While he was still not able to keep juice down, we found that this stayed down without any problems at all. When I had used it previously it had the same effect on me. After forcing myself to drink the full glass I found my stomach settled and my headache disappeared. While it is stated that it can be used up to five times a day in our experience we have never had to use it more than once. It seems to help balance the body back to its usual water levels making us both feel better almost instantly.
From that point on he began getting back to his usual self. His stools returned to a more normal consistency, and while they were still happening more often they were definitely becoming a little healthier. We only had to use the one sachet and even then he never finished the whole of it, but it seemed to have a magic effect on him. By that evening he was eating and drinking normally, and the next day seemed back to himself. While I'm not saying this medicine was a miracle worker as he had already been poorly for a number of days, it does help settle his stomach, and it was after he had this that he began to perk up. The full night's sleep it provided without two nappy changes meant he was able to rest fully and he returned to his usual self.
I would recommend this to both adults and children that are suffering with diarrhoea or dehydration. It worked perfectly in both cases, and we only needed to use the one sachet to get back to normal. It is blackcurrant flavour, but I would still say it is a little horrible to drink. My son found it perfect having small amounts at a time even when he was unable to keep anything else down. Maybe as I was giving it to him in the syringe it had less of a powdery taste, and the fact he never needed to reach the bottom of the glass. At around £4 for 6 sachets they are a fair price, but do try larger pharmacies and supermarkets first as looking at the box I can see I paid a whopping £6.50 for ours.
Vomiting and diarrhoea. Two things that many of us have experienced in the last six months. I have, courtesy of that last vomiting bug that swept the UK. It's an unpleasant enough experience, leaving you weak and in complete lethargy.
Dioralyte Sachets Blackcurrant helps rehydrate you. Unlike alternatives, such as lucozade, it has no colourant or large amounts of Glucose. Two reasons that make it better in my opinion. It does contain essential salts and electrolytes to help replace what you've lost.
The idea is to use these as early as possible. If you're capable of holding down water, you're capable of processing this. It will help prevent dehydration, or if left too late, help you recover from it. Each sachet should be dissolved in 200ml of fresh water. If you are on holiday, use properly sealed mineral water. I say properly, because in many 3rd world countries, the bottles of mineral water you can buy are often nothing of the sort.
If you are unsure of the purity of the drinking water, boil it and leave to cool. The process will kill harmful bacteria that may be present. The standard caveats with use of this product include "intestinal obstruction, diabetes, kidney or liver failure, or are on a low potassium or sodium diet."
Six sachets will cost under £3 and should be packed along with your passport.
Dioralyte is an essential medicine to take if you have an upset tummy that results in Diarrhoea. It is particularly handy if you are away on holiday where the loss of fluid could lead to delirium and potentially to death due to dehydration. If you are in a hot country this is compounded by the heat, if you have a temperature and more importantly if you are passing loose watery stools frequently which will leave you severely dehydrated.
Dioralyte is a rapid rehydration treatment for people suffering from diarrhoea which contains essential electrolyte salts such as sodium and potassium and also contains glucose which are lost because of the frequent need to pass stools. Dioralyte helps replace these essential electrolytes to prevent further dehydration.
Even milder cases of diarrhoea can really spoil your holiday with diarrhoea lasting for a couple of days compounded by the fact that you are going to feel quite ill. If you use Dioralyte it can help restore you back to health quite quickly. Diarrhoea can be caused through a virus, bacteria or parasites, changes of water, heat, poor standards of hygiene.
So what does it look like?
Dioralyte can be bought over the counter at all pharmacies and supermarkets. They come in sachets in a box of six and they are available in three flavours, Blackcurrant, lemon or natural flavours. Priced at £3.75 in Boots the chemist or £2.88 in Asda..... No prizes for guessing where I bought mine! It is useful to take a box with you even if you do not need them they are a very useful addition to your first aid kit whilst abroad. They are very useful in countries where it is inevitable you are likely to get a tummy upset.
How do you take it?
You should make sure that you have a clean fresh supply of water. Pour one glass of water of 200mls, open the sachet and pour it into the water, stir it and drink it immediately. You should attempt to take one sachet in 200 mls of water after every bowel motion. If the symptoms are accompanied by vomiting it might be better to sip the solution but the glass should be finished within an hour of mixing it up.
What does it taste like?
Despite it being flavoured these days it is pretty nasty to drink because of the salty taste. Children may be reluctant to drink it but insistence and persistence is the order of the day.
Generally safe for children and babies but medical advice should be sought for children under 2 years old.
If diarrhoea continues for more than 36 hours then you should seek medical advice.
It should be used cautiously in people who suffer from kidney disease, diabetes, liver problems people who have been advised to be on a low sodium or low potassium diet, if you have a bowel obstruction.
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely and a resounding yes especially if you have a case of Delhi belly, Montezuma's revenge or mummy's tummy. These are laymans terms for diarrhoea, gastro enteritis. Although it is foul tasting at least it will make you feel a bit better. I would definitely recommend it for home use and while travelling just in case you need it.
Recently I was unfortunate enough to catch Norovirus, and as a result I had diarrhoea and vomiting for 2 days. During this time I wanted something to rehydrate me and got a supply of Dioralyte. Dioralyte sachets claim to provide "fast and effective replacement of lost water and body salts". It contains sodium chloride, potassium chloride, glucose and disodium hydrogen citrate.
Dioralyte is used for the replacement of essential body water and salts in the treatment of acute diarrhoea and helps prevent dehydration. It is suitable for use in adults, children and infants. For adults, you mix one sachet with 200mls of tap water until it is dissolved, and then simply drink it.
Dioralyte sachets come in a cardboard box. The flavour I purchased was the only flavour available in Tesco at the time - blackcurrant. This has purple and white packaging. Each box contains 6 sachets. When rip open the sachet and pour it into a glass, it looks like purple sugar crystals. These dissolve quite easily in water and there was no grain or residue left behind.
The first sachet of this that I took was quite difficult to drink down. At that time I was still suffering from serious nausea and therefore I had to sip the Dioralyte mixture rather slowly. The taste itself isn't bad - it has a mild blackcurrant flavour. The mixture has a slightly thicker consistency than water which I found a little off putting. After I had recovered a bit from the nausea and vomiting, this became easier to drink and I preferred to drink it all down in one go to get it over with.
So did this help me? I definitely think taking Dioralyte helped made me recover quicker from my vomiting and diarrhoea. It prevented me from getting seriously dehydrated. The sachets cost me £3.50 at Tesco for a pack of 6. I took 2 a day for 3 days. I think they are reasonably priced and I am not aware of any cheaper alternatives. They can be purchased at supermarkets, chemists and all the usual places that stock medicines. I give these a 5* rating. Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you found this review useful.
== When and How to Take ==
When we have sickness, diarrhoea, or do extreme physical exercise in very hot conditions, we are in danger of becoming dehydrated.
To recover quickly we need not only water, but also essential salts that we have lost through sickness, diarrhoea and/or extreme sweating. Dioralyte contains glucose, sodium chloride, potassium chloride and disodium hydrogen citrate.
I use Dioralyte sachets to reduce the risk of dehydration during heat waves and to help re-hydrate my body during bouts of sickness and diarrhoea. Healthy people can usually drink enough liquids to keep them well hydrated during hot weather, but as my digestion is inefficient, I always have some in my medicine cabinet for such times.
There are groups of healthy people who may benefit from drinking these due to extreme physical exertion in hot conditions, for example firefighters.
I was first introduced to these rehydration sachets nearly 30 years ago, when my GP prescribed them for my daughter, then only a few months old, when she had diarrhoea and sickness. Always get advice from a doctor if you think a baby may need this medicine, and used cooled boiled water to mix the powder with.
For adults mixing the power from one sachet with 200 ml of tap water is fine.
Dioralyte should be mixed with water just before it is to be drunk. If the whole 200 ml cannot be drunk straight away, or at least within the hour, store the remainder in the fridge for a maximum of 24 hours. If adults don't feel sick it is best to drink the whole dose as soon as possible, but otherwise I have found that it is best to drink small sips to help keep it down.
== Taste ==
Dioralyte sachets come in packets of 6 in Natural, Citrus and Blackcurrant flavours.
The natural flavour tastes nothing like I have experienced before and is the least appetising, especially when I have an upset tummy.
I find the citrus flavour more pleasant, but the BLACKCURRANT variety is the one that TASTES BEST to me. I think most people must prefer the blackcurrant flavour, as it is the one that is most widely stocked.
== Alternatives ==
There used to be another brand widely available called Rehydrate and also own brand equivalents at Boots, Superdrug and Sainsburys. However, I have not seen these on shop shelves, or on the internet, for over a year now.
Dioralyte has quickly improved the symptoms of dehydration when I have drunk it after sickness, diarrhoea and/or excessive sweating.
I regard Dioralyte as an essential part of my first aid cabinet and prefer to take the blackcurrant flavoured version.
Full price is about £3.75 for a 6 sachet box, so I try to replenish my stock when they are on special offer, as I know I will need then sooner or later.
Whilst recently babysitting for my daughter, who was attending a scan for her unborn child, I was looking after my three Grandchildren, whom had a ll recently been ill with a tummy bug and sickness bug that unfortunately spread between the whole family.
I was thinking I was safe but did develop the illness the following day. Having sickness and diarrhea, is not a pleasant experience and im sure at some time in our lives we have all had the unfortunate luck in suffering with this ailment.
when my children were small I can remember purchasing these Sachets from my local Chemist and I had remembered that they were very affective.
I brought mine from my local Co-Op pharmacy, but I do know that they are widely available in all of the well known Chemists as they are an over the counter product, which I find really work well.
These come in little sachets, which once openned, you simply add to water and stire, they do come in several flavours, the ones I had were Blackcurrant flavour, although I must admit they dont taste that pleasant. The taste is very salty and you can taste Blackcurrant, but they do leave a bit of an after taste in your mouth.
These sachets do come in a wide variety of flavours, lemon, raspberry, and many more.
If you have been experiencing loose bowel movements such as diarrhea and sickness then although these dont taste that good, they certainly work well. You will find an instruction leaflet in your box of sachets on not only how to make these up, but also how many to drink according to age etc.
You can buy specific ones for children. These sachts help to put back the lost fluids that you will loose due to being ill, and these definitely help to rehydrate your body. These sachets contain Glucose and also Potassium which will help to boost your energy levels when feeling poorly.
You will pay approximately £4.00 per box, depending on how many sachets you require. They may taste a bit yucky but they certainly do work well, and I found that after taking two sachets in one day my problems were much easier to control.
These sachets are produced by a french company, sanofi Aventis, they are widely available from most Chemists, or you will find they most G Ps will recommend these as a way of replacement of lost body salts and fluids electrolytes lost when becoming ill.
These are great for clearly up bad tummies after you have maybe eaten too much, and also good for stopping bouts of sickness. I think these are a really good product, and would recommend them.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
A couple of months back I was at work and I was suffering from a terrible hangover after a steaming night out on the drink. My friend at work suggested these and I promptly went off to Boots and picked up a box of 6 sachets for just under £4.00. The price is still similar now and this is something that I have purchased a couple of times now in the last few months both for dealing with hangovers and when recovering from illness.
Dioralyte sachets are designed to be used when you are in need of replacement of lost water and body salts. This contains (amongst other ingredients) sodium chloride, potassium chloride, glucose and disodium hydrogen citrate. These particular sachets are blackcurrant flavoured and should be mixed with 200ml of water. This should only be made with water and no other liquid. This can be used by people of all ages with one or two sachets being suitable for adults and the elderly after each loose motion, one sachet for children and less for children under the age of 2. If you have vomiting as well as diarrhoea then small sips should be drunk rather than a large amount in one go. When this drink is mixed up it still looks pretty clear but it does have a light blackcurrant flavour to it.
The taste of this is not disgusting to be honest and while it is only lighted flavoured with blackcurrant this definitely helps to make this slightly chalky tasting drink much more bearable. I have used this when suffering from an upset stomach on two occasions now and I have definitely felt back to myself much quicker. That horrible stomach ache feeling and just general drained feeling can be helped greatly by using these sachets and I have definitely been back on the road to recovery much quicker than normal.
I have now started using these sachets as start of a 'night on the drink' ritual. Whereas in the past I would drink a pint of water before heading off to bed now I drink two sachets of this in 400ml of water and then go off to sleep. In the morning I have a protein rich breakfast (with lots of meat) before I have another two sachets of this and then head off to work or out for the day depending on what I have to do that day. I definitely feel a lot more human when I use these sachets whether it is to recover from an upset stomach and related symptoms or to recover from a hangover.
For the past 3 years Dioralyte and Eloctrolades have both been a big part of my life. Having an eating disorder and having once been a laxative abuser I have had these on prescription and take about 8 of them a day, sometimes more, sometimes less depending on how ill I am of course. I have had all the different flavours and have boxes everywhere in my home of them and the sachets they come in are great for popping into a handbag or whatever as well.
The box I get mine is representative of the flavour, so the lemon flavour I have in front of me now are in a yellow and white box and so on and they also come in raspberry flavour and a flavour meant to be plain too. I get mine in boxes of 20 which I think is the only size these are available to buy in though like I stated earlier I get mine on prescription and because I suffer with Hypothyroidism I am exempt from ever paying for my prescriptions...thankfully!
On the back of the box we are told a bit about the product and how to use them, precautions/warnings are given as are the ingredients and contact details for the manufacturer are also listed. Each sachet tells you what they are on each and how to use them etc on them too and they are easy to open being made of paper and foil inside.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Packaging:
Dioralyte replaces body fluids and salts lost during illness. Dioralyte is recommended for the correction of water and salt loss in infants, children and adults and for the treatment of watery diarrhea of various causes.
Dissolve one sachet into 200ml of drinking water.
Adults, including the elderly one or two sachets after each loose motion.
Children: One sachet after a loose motion
Or as directed by a Doctor (For me its one after every time I'm sick or two after each loose bowel motion).
Easy to open, I simply pour the powdery mix into water and give it a quick stir. It makes no sound, gives the fragrance and colour off depending on the flavour your having and you simply knock it back. They do taste of the flavour you choose but salty too however they don't taste vile though of course they're not really tasty or anything like that lol.
Do They Work?:
For me they do. Like it says on the packaging these can be used for any reasons you have loose motions, even self induced like mine (according to my Dr). I get very weak and a lack of energy and my potassium levels were constantly dropping and threatening to give me a stroke before I found these and was prescribed them. Now I can put my salt levels back up with the 30ml (per sachet) of potassium these have within them. Also they contain glucose which gives a little boost of energy which again is important for me with my illness.
They don't firm your motion up, or stop pain they simply replace fluids and salts lost from being ill and personally I recommend them to many people after being generally run down. They are not a miracle worker but they do something for me!
Available in all good chemists, and from the Doctor, if buying them a box of 20 should cost around the £3.00 mark.
I was introduced to Dioralyte many years ago and it's been an essential in my first aid kit ever since. I am fortunate to have the digestive system and general constitution of a concrete elephant, so I have never needed to use it for sickness or diarrhoea. Dioralyte does, however, have another use which I frequently benefit from, particularly over the forthcoming festive season.
Dioralyte is produced by Sanofi Aventis, a company based in France with a world wide presence. They produce a wide range of prescription and over-the counter medications, including cancer drugs and common cold relief products.
Dioralyte comes in a cardboard box containing six individual sachets of powdered rehydration salts. A box costs approximately £3.50, and they are available in a range of flavours including blackcurrant, citrus, natural and sugar-free. Larger boxes of 20 sachets are also available for approximately £10.00. The box contains an information leaflet, and the vital information is also printed on the back of each individual sachet e.g. directions for use, dosage and warnings. I find this really useful as I tend to throw away the original box and take individual sachets when I am staying away from home or on holiday. This product is suitable for both adults and children, but should not be used by infants under the age of two. The powder is used by mixing one sachet with 200ml of drinking water. Once made up, it can be stored for up to 24 hours if refrigerated, otherwise it should be drunk within 1 hour.
The powdered rehydration salts consist of a mixture of essential salts and sugars, which the body loses when dehydrated. The electrolytes contained in the mix are sodium, potasssium and disodium hydrogen citrate, to aid the absorption of these electrolytes glucose is also added to the mix, and it is made more palatable with the addition of flavourings and the artificial sweetener saccharin.
I usually use Dioralyte as a hangover preventative/cure. As hangovers are primarily caused by dehydration, Dioralyte provides really effective relief from the unpleasant symptoms. I make up two sachets with 400ml of water before going out, and keep it in the fridge. I drink half of this when I return home at the end of the night, so it can start to work magically combating the dehydrating effects the alcohol I drank whilst I am asleep, then I finish the remaining half in the morning when I wake up. Although I don't find the taste particularly appealing, it is not terribly unpleasant either. It retains a very powdery taste, even when fully dissolved, and the artificial sweetener is easily identifiable, but I don't find this unpleasant as I regularly drink Diet Coke it is a taste I am accustomed to. My personal preference is the blackcurrant flavour, although it is similar to some fruit teas in that the smell is more obvious than the taste, I think the concept is to try to trick the mind with the smell rather than actually create a genuine taste of the fruit! So does it work? Well, yes it certainly does for me. When I drink it the morning after I can feel the effects within 10 minutes, it seems to find its' way to all the fragile parts of my body and brain, and refreshes them, relieving that dry, 'sawdust-head', feeling, and delivering a boost of energy that doesn't wear off within a few minutes but lasts all morning.
I've also used it to treat my teenage cousin who, despite my best efforts, refused to drink enough water or stay in the shade when I took her on holiday recently, and ended up with sunstroke. After a dose of Dioralyte and a couple of hours in a cool darkened room, she was raring to go again for the evening.
I would recommend everyone has a few sachets of Dioralyte in the cupboard. In my experience it works very well for hangovers and sunstroke, and I have no reason to doubt it would be effective for its' intended purpose of rehydrating and replacing electrolytes during and after a bout of sickness and diarrhoea. In these times of austerity; I recently tried to replace my usual Dioralyte with an electrolyte sports drink after a particularly heavy night out, thinking that it would be more cost effective. Unfortunately, although it was certainly better than nothing or pure water, it didn't deliver the fantastic effects of Dioralyte. I've now gone back to the old 'perky powder' to prevent the inevitable self-induced sawdust head, nausea and dizziness that are frequently the souvenirs of a good night.
When I found out I was pregnant I was a bit worried as we had already had a holiday booked to Tunisia so was quite concerned that if I had a bad stomach (which always seems to happen to me when abroad) I wouldn't be able to take anything for it and my growing baby wouldn't be getting the nutrients that they needed! So I visited the chemist and asked for advise and they suggested I take Dioralyte as I wasn't able to take any of the normal standard medicines but Dioralyte replaces all the lost water and body salts and is fine to take when pregnant.
I did have to use it a few times when on holiday and it did work well!
It comes in inidividual sachets in a blackcurrant flavour, and you simply add it to approx 200ml (7 fl oz) of water (bottles water if abroad), the taste isn't the best so try and drink it as quick as possible! I did feal a bit more refreshed after I had taken it, obviously it didn't stop anymore diarrhoea but at least I knew that my body still had what it needed!
It's nice to know that there is a bit of re-assurance that there is something you can have whilst pregnant that won't cause any harm to your baby.
Last year I fell foul to the most awful stomach bug I had ever had. At one point I thought I was going to die from weakness as I felt all my energy had been sapped from me and I felt I could barely lift my arm.
My sister who is a pharmacist brought me these dioralyte sachets and mixed it with water for me to drink. To be honest they tasted like poison but I forced myself to drink every last drop out of hope for feeling better. It was a pint glass full of water.
I recommend holding your nose for the length of time it takes to drink this! They come in different flavours and my sister brought me this blackcurrant favour but since I have also tried the original and both are equally disgusting.
I felt instantly better. It seemed to replace all me energy that had been drained out of me and although it didnt completely cure my stomach bug it did give me the strength to fight it until it was all over.
I would recommend these to anyone and its always good to have these in the medicine cabinet as you never know when your going to catch a terrible stomach bug that will bring you literally down to your knees!
You can purchase these in pharmacies for about 9 pounds for ten sachets. There are different varieties for children and adults. I have never used these on my daughter though but I would if she needed them.
Fast and effective replacement of lost water and body salts.