NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Prescribing
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9 Nutrition and blood

9.2 Fluids and electrolytes

9.2.1 Oral preparations for fluid and electrolyte imbalance

Preferred list
DIORALYTE

Prescribing Notes:

Oral rehydration salts.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/4957.htm

POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Prescribing Notes:

Available in several formulations:

  • effervescent tablets (Sando-K®), each containing 12mmol of potassium.
  • syrup (Kay-Cee-L®) containing 1mmol potassium in 1ml.  

A potassium-sparing diuretic and potassium supplements should not be used concomitantly because of the risk of hyperkalaemia.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/4935.htm

9.2.1.1 Oral potassium

Total Formulary
CALCIUM POLYSTYRENE SULPHONATE

Restrictions: For use within the acute (hospital) sector only.

Prescribing Notes:

Please note, different preparations of calcium polystyrene sulphonate may require different dosing schedules.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/4946.htm#_4946

SODIUM POLYSTYRENE SULPHONATE

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist use only.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/4945.htm

9.2.1.2 Oral sodium and water

Total Formulary
SODIUM BICARBONATE

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/4948.htm

SODIUM CHLORIDE

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/4950.htm

9.2.1.3 Oral bicarbonate

Total Formulary
SODIUM BICARBONATE

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/4965.htm

9.2.2 Parenteral preparations for fluid and electrolyte imbalance

Total Formulary

9.2.2.1 Electrolytes and water

9.2.2.2 Plasma and plasma substitutes

Total Formulary
DEXTRAN 70

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/5005.htm

GELOFUSINE

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation.

BNF Link: http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/bnf/current/5009.htm