Pedialyte side effects and drug information

Pedialyte is a medication that is used to help avoid dehydration and replenish fluid and minerals in both adults and children.

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You can get dehydrated by not consuming plenty of fluids. It is also when your body is losing more fluids/minerals than you are consuming.  

Causes of losing body fluid:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting or throwing up
  • Frequent urinating and sweating

Other usual causes of dehydration:

Are you wondering how Pedialyte prevents dehydration? What is in it that causes it? Many various formulations of this are available. The standard version includes dextrose (sugar glucose), water, electrolytes, and zinc. 

Electrolytes consist of sodium, potassium, and chloride. They are minerals and nutrients that help keep the body’s fluid balance and Ph. They also help to maintain our nerve function. Zinc is for proper body functions of the immune system, enzymes, and healing of wounds. 

Side Effects

These side effects may happen:

  • Mild nausea
  • Vomiting

But, these can be lessened by consuming Pedialyte moderately in little amounts. Use a spoon. If either of the two side effects continues or gets worse, immediately consult your doctor or pharmacist. 

A doctor’s prescription to use Pedialyte means the doctor sees the benefit is bigger than the risk. Most people do not experience or report severe side effects of this product. 

Consult to your doctor promptly if in case you experience severe side effects such as:

  • Uncommon tiredness or weakness
  • Ankles and feet swelling
  • From moderate to severe dizziness
  • Mood and mental state changes. These include irritability, uneasiness or restlessness, and convulsive attacks.
  • A severe allergic reaction. It includes rashes, itching, or swelling of the throat, face, or tongue.
  • Difficulty in breathing

It is rare or uncommon to have a very severe or severe allergic reaction to Pedialyte. But, you need to call your doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of the mentioned side effects, especially the severe ones.   

Indication and Dosage

Consume this medication orally or by mouth and as instructed by your doctor. You can also follow the directions or instructions that can be seen on the product package. If the information is unclear, talk, and discuss it with your doctor/pharmacist. 

This medication can be found in liquid and powdered form. In liquid form, some must be mixed before consuming it, and some must not. Some liquid form comes in suspension; just shake it well before consuming. 

In powdered form, combine and mix it well with water until it dissolves. Check the product information. 

No heating unless the package information allows it. Always check the package information.

The dosage of this medication depends on your medical health status and reaction. 

 Drinking fruit juices or eating any foods with additional salt are prohibited while consuming this product or medication. But, if instructed by the doctor, then it is fine.

Drug Interaction

Interactions of drugs may alter the function of medications. It may also develop risks for severe side effects. The potential drug interactions’ complete list is not included here. 

Track all the medications that you are taking. These medications include prescribed, non-prescribed, and herbal. Discuss and share it with your pharmacist/doctor. Only your doctor can let you begin, end, or change the dosage of your medications. Your doctor’s approval is essential for your good and wellness. 

Medications or products that might interact with Pedialyte are:

  • Mineral and nutrients supplements like potassium.

Warnings and Precautions

If in case you are allergic to any of Pedialyte’s formulation, then inform your doctor/pharmacist right away before taking it. This medication may have inactive substances that may cause allergic reactions. Consult and talk to your doctor/pharmacist to know more.

If you have health conditions like:

  • Difficulty in keeping and retaining fluids in the tummy or stomach. It is due to continuous, severe, and severe vomiting.
  • problem urinating
  • blockage of intestines

 Then you must consult your doctor before taking this medication. 

If you undergo surgery, then discuss with your doctor/dentist all about your medications. It includes prescribed, non-prescribed, and herbal. 

If you are expecting or carrying a child, then it is safe to consult with your doctor. You must discuss this with your doctor before consuming Pedialyte.  

This medication or product is still undiscovered for passing into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before consuming this and doing breastfeeding.

Overdose and Contraindications

The active substance included in Pedialyte’s formulation is electrolytes. Electrolytes replace body fluid. Along with its advantage comes the disadvantage. It may cause some undesirable reactions. Undesirable reactions or effects may happen. If it happens, then contact your doctor immediately. 

Consult with your doctor promptly if all these adverse reactions happen when consuming electrolyte replacement solution (Pedialyte):

Signs of too much salt or sodium intake:

  • Faintness or dizziness
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Fast and rapid heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritability
  • Muscle spasm
  • Restlessness or uneasiness
  • Feet or lower legs’ swelling
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Swollen or puffy eyelids

Some adverse reactions may be mild and don’t need medical attention. While in treatment, these side effects may go away. Your doctor may also advise ways to prevent or lessen adverse reactions. Always consult your doctor.

Side effect or adverse reaction, which is more usual than the others, is mild vomiting. 

Medication Guide

  • Contact your doctor in case your signs and symptoms get worse.
  • Drugs or medications prescribed to you can’t be shared with others. Also, do not consume someone else’s drugs or medicines. 
  • Track and carry a note of all your drugs or medicines that you are consuming. It includes prescribed, natural or herbal, vitamins, supplements, and OTC (over-the-counter) drugs or medicines. Give, tell, and discuss your note with your doctor. 
  • Before consuming or taking any drug or medicine, consult your doctor. This includes prescribed, OTC, natural, herbal, vitamins, or supplements. 
  • Other drugs or medicines might have a package or patient information leaflets. If you are unsure about Pedialyte’s patient information found on the leaflet, then talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You can also speak to a nurse or other personal health care provider.
  • If you are suspecting an overdose, then contact your poison control center. Medical attention is needed. You should call and get medical help/care immediately. Ready your notes about the drugs or medicines consumed. How much you consumed? When did you take it? When did you start to feel different?