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Carbohydrates and Electrolytes (Systemic)

Description and Brand Names | Before Using | Proper Use | Precautions | Side Effects

  • Electrolyte replenisher - Dextrose and Electrolytes; Oral Rehydration Salts; Rice Syrup Solids and Electrolytes

‡ Resol is available to hospitals only.

§ Distributed by the World Health Organization (WHO).


Carbohydrate and electrolytes combination is used to treat or prevent dehydration (the loss of too much water from the body) that may occur with severe diarrhea, especially in babies and young children. Although this medicine does not immediately stop the diarrhea, it replaces the water and some important salts (electrolytes), such as sodium and potassium, that are lost from the body during diarrhea, and helps prevent more serious problems. Some carbohydrate and electrolytes solutions may also be used after surgery when food intake has been stopped.

This medicine is available without a prescription; however, your doctor may have special instructions on the proper use and dose for you or your child.

Carbohydrate and electrolytes combination is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Solution (U.S. and Canada)
  • Powder for oral solution (Canada)

Brand Names

Some commonly used brand names are:

In the U.S. -

  • Infalyte 3
  • Kao Lectrolyte 1
  • Naturalyte 1
  • Oralyte 1
  • Pedialyte 1
  • Pedialyte Freezer Pops 1
  • Rehydralyte 1
  • Resol ‡ 1

In Canada -

  • Lytren 1
  • Gastrolyte 2
  • Pedialyte 1
  • Rapolyte 2

Other commonly used names are oral rehydration salts , ORS-bicarbonate , and ORS-citrate . §


For quick reference, the following are numbered to match the corresponding brand names.

This information applies to the following medicines:
1. Dextrose and Electrolytes (DEX-trose and ee-LEK-tro-lites)‡
2. Oral Rehydration Salts § (OR-al ree-hi-DRA-shen solts)*
3. Rice Syrup Solids and Electrolytes (RIS SIR-ep SOL-ids and ee-LEK-tro-lites)†
* Not commercially available in the U.S.
† Not commercially available in Canada
‡ Generic name product may be available in the U.S.


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