Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
ORS and other electrolytes are considered safe for use in pregnant and lactating women when there is a risk of dehydration.
Consult with your doctor regarding your hydration status, as ORS may not be enough in moderate-to-severe cases of dehydration. Dehydration can affect pregnant and lactating women more severely than other populations of patients.
When prepared and taken as recommended, no side effects are expected to occur. While side effects are not likely to happen even with additional doses, excessive amounts or megadoses of salt, sugar, or water can cause adverse effects.
Potential adverse effects include:
- Overhydration or water intoxication
- Worsening of diarrhea
- Water retention
- Edema or swelling
- Increased blood sugar
These side effects are more likely to occur if the solution is made at home rather than using the premade ORS sachets or when the solution is diluted or followed with too much water.
You or your child may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Oral rehydration salts may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects.
To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.
If you experience an adverse drug interaction, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.
Does food or alcohol interact with oral rehydration salts (ORS)?
There are no significant food or alcohol interactions with ORS. Avoid alcohol intake to prevent worsening dehydration.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.
What health conditions may interact with oral rehydration salts (ORS)?
Oral rehydration salts may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors: