Electral: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Price, Composition & 20 FAQs


Electral: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Price, Composition & 20 FAQs

1What is Electral?

Used mainly to prevent or treat conditions like fluid loss, electrolyte imbalance in cases of dehydration and diarrhoea. Hyperosmolar syndrome, high blood pressure and increased heart beats are the major side effects at repetitive high doses.

It should be totally avoided in case of hypertension, diabetes and impaired kidney functions with no urine output (Anuria).

Also Read in Hindi: About Electral
Electral Composition: Anhydrous Dextrose 2.7gm + Potassium chloride 0.3gm + Sodium Chloride 0.52gm + Sodium Citrate 0.58gm/ Sachet
Manufactured By: FDC Ltd.
Prescription: Not required as it is available as OTC.
Form: Sachet and liquid.
Price: Rs 3.83 for 1 sachet of 4.4gm.
Expiry/Shelf Life: 24 months from the date of manufacturing
Type of Drug: 

Also read in Hindi about Electral

2Uses of Electral

Electral serves a great purpose in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Electrolyte imbalance: Used most commonly to treat electrolyte imbalance as it replenishes the lost electrolytes from the body.
  • Fluid loss: Used to replenish fluid loss during conditions like Diarrhoea etc.
  • Gastric problems: Used to maintain and treat gastric problems in some cases as it maintains the balance between electrolytes.
  • Dehydration: Used mostly in the cases of dehydration to provide the body with needed amount of fluids.
  • Diarrhoea: Used in cases of diarrhoea as it leads to excess fluid loss from the body. Electral helps to replenish the lost fluid.
  • Insulin Hypoglycemia: Used in cases of hypoglycemia induced by insulin.
  • Low sodium levels: Used to replenish low sodium levels.

3 How does Electral work?

  • Electral contains Anhydrous Dextrose, Potassium chloride, Sodium Chloride and Sodium Citrate.
  • Electral works by maintaining the intake of sodium and potassium in the body.
  • It helps restoring the blood glucose level in cases of hypoglycemia.
  • Electral also increases blood volume and permits faster water absorption.

4 How to take Electral?

  • Electral is usually available in Sachet and powder form.
  • Electral is to be prepared in a solution form for oral administration.
  • The contents of the sachet are to be dissolved in the specific amount of water as mentioned on the pack/sachet, usually 1 liter.
  • Avoid mixing the contents in liquid other than water.
  • The solution once prepared can be cooled down to make it taste better.
  • Electral sachet should be consumed after mixing it properly in the liquid.
  • Complete dose/therapy as prescribed by the doctor should be taken.
  • It is advisable to go through the drug leaflet available in the packet insert for correct use.

5 Common Dosage for Electral

  • Electral dosage can be decided by the doctor for every individual as per: Age, Weight, Mental status, Allergic history and Health status of the patient.
  • Common Adult dose and children above 12 years of age are prescribed 200-400ml of a mixture unless stated otherwise by the doctor.
  • Always consult a pediatrician before administering to children.
  • Prolonged use or dose alteration should be avoided unless stated otherwise by the doctor.

Q. What happens if I overdose on Electral?

An overdose of Electral should be avoided and the Medical Staff or the doctor should be consulted immediately in case of Electral overdose.

Q. What happens if I miss a dose of Electral?

The dose prescribed by the doctor should never be missed and if missed, it should be consumed always as soon as you remember it. But, avoid taking a double dose if it’s already time for the second dose after that as it may lead to an overdose of the drug.

Q. What happens if I eat expired Electral?

The expired dose of Electral is unlikely to cause any side effects however; one should avoid consuming the expired drug.

Q. Onset time of Electral and till when does the effect of Electral stays?

  • Effects/result depends on the condition being treated, usually one starts to feel recovered from same day to 2-3 days of Electral therapy.
  • Complete prescribed dose of the drug should be taken before stopping the treatment.

6 When to Avoid Electral?

Do not Consume Electral if:

  • Allergy: In cases of a known history of allergy to any of its constituents in the pack/sachet.
  • Kidney impairment: In cases of patients with impaired kidney function with oliguria or no urine output (Anuria).
  • Heart problems: In cases of patients with AV heart block, congestive heart failure and hypertension.
  • Diabetes: In cases of patients with diabetes.

7Precautions While Taking Electral:

  • Allergy: The drug should not be administered in patients with the history of allergy to its contents
  • Dose alteration: Dose alteration without medical consultation should be avoided.

Warnings When Taking Electral

  • Avoid boiling the solution after preparation.
  • Take an adequate amount of water to prepare solution.
  • Avoid Electral in cases of heat cramps.

8Side-Effects of Electral:

The side effects associated with Electral are:

  • Irritability
  • Vomiting (Common)
  • Skin rash (less common)
  • Weakness (common)
  • Dizziness (less common)
  • Allergic reaction (less Common)
  • Muscle twitching (less Common)
  • High BP (Common)
  • Increased heart beats (less Common)
  • Hyperosmolar Syndrome (rare) (extremely high blood sugar)
  • Nausea (Common)

Are There Any Reported Allergic Reactions to Electral?

In case of any allergic signs like itching, redness breathlessness, chest tightness and rashes, immediate medical help should be taken.

What are the effects of Electral on organs?

Electral has shown no harmful effects on organs.

9Drug Interactions to be Careful About

It is always advisable to be careful of a certain drug to drug or drug to food interactions when consuming Electral. Always be aware of the food items, other drugs or lab tests while consuming Electral. We explore these n details below.

1. Food Interactions with Electral

Sugary or caffeinated drinks, energy drinks, sweetened fruit juices, and tea is to be avoided.

2. Medicines Interactions with Electral

All the potential drug interactions might not be listed here. It is always advisable that the patient must inform the physician about of all the drugs/products you use. You must notify the doctor about the herbal products that you are currently consuming. You should never alter the drug regimen without your doctor’s approval.

The common drug interactions have been noticed with the following drugs:

  • Mineral supplements (mild)
  • Alginic acid (moderate)
  • Aluminum hydroxide (mild)
  • Aspirin (mild)
  • Calcium carbonate (moderate)
  • Cyclosporine A (mild)
  • Mannitol (moderate)
  • Oxytocin (mild)
  • Simethicone (mild)

3. Effects of Electral on Lab Tests

Electral does not affect any lab tests as such

4. Electral’s interactions with Pre-existing Conditions/Diseases

Kidney impairment, diabetes and heart problems.

Q. Can I have Electral with alcohol?

No, as consuming alcohol with Electral can increase the risk of side effects.

Q. Any particular food item to be avoided?

Sugary or caffeinated drinks, energy drinks, sweetened fruit juices and tea is to be avoided.

Q. Can I have Electral when pregnant?

Yes, but only if the benefits outweigh the risks and it should always be used with caution after informing the doctor about the case.

Q. Can I have Electral when feeding a baby?

Yes, but only if the benefits outweigh the risks and it should always be used with caution after informing the doctor about the case.

Q. Can I drive after taking Electral?

Yes, as it does not affect the ability to drive but in some cases it may cause dizziness or drowsiness so one should avoid driving if any dizziness or drowsiness occurs.

10Buyer’s Guide – Electral Composition, Variant and Price

Electral Variants Electral Composition Electral Price
Electral 21.80gm sachet Anhydrous Dextrose 13.50gm + Sodium Chloride

2.60gm + Sodium Citrate 2.90gm/ Sachet

Rs. 18.60 for 1 pack.
Electral Z Kit Elemental Zinc 20mg Rs. 65.00 for 1 pack.
Buy & Get 20% Off at Myra Medicines | 1mg | Practo

11Substitutes of Electral

The following are alternative drugs for Electral:

  • Punarjal 21.8gm Powder:
    • Manufactured by – FDC Ltd.
    • Price – Rs. 15
  • Frutolyte 4.4gm Sachet:
    • Manufactured by – Synchem Labs.
    • Price – Rs. 3.28
  • Coslyte 4.2gm Powder:
    • Manufactured by – Oaknet Healthcare Pvt Ltd.
    • Price – Rs. 3.17
  • Coslyte 20.7gm Powder:
    • Manufactured by – Adcock Ingram Healthcare Pvt Ltd.
    • Price – Rs. 15.88

Storage requirements for Electral

  • Store the drug protected from light, moisture and direct heat at cool and dry place.
  • Keep at a place where it is out of reach of children

12FAQs – 10 Questions Answered about Electral

Q. What is Electral?

Ans. Electral is an electrolyte drug that is used to replenish electrolytes, lost fluid and required amount of electrolytes to the body and is mainly used in the conditions like diarrhoea, dehydration etc.

Q. How effective it is/ How long does it take for Electral to show results?

Ans. Effects/result depends on the condition being treated, usually one starts to feel recovered from same day to 2-3 days of Electral therapy.

Q. Should Electral be taken on an empty stomach?

Ans. Electral can be taken empty stomach but try to avoid as it can cause stomach upset.

Q. Does Electral make you drowsy?

Ans. Yes, Electral may cause drowsiness/dizziness in few cases but it varies with every individual.

Q. What should be the time gap between the consumption of 2 Electral doses?

Ans. Ideal time gap of 6-8 hours should be there between two doses to avoid Electral toxicity or overdose.

Q. Should I complete the whole cycle of the medicine even if cured?

Ans. Electral should be consumed as prescribed by the doctor and in case of any severity of symptoms, immediate medical help or consultation should be taken.

And the doctor should be the one to decide when and how to stop the cycle of Electral.

Q. Does Electral effect my menstrual cycle?

Ans. No, it generally doesn’t affect the menstrual cycle but one should always consult the doctor in case of pre-existing menstrual problems before consuming the drug

Q. Is Electral safe for children?

Ans. Electral should not be administered in children without proper consultation and recommendation by the Paediatrician.

Q. Are there any symptoms that I should consider before taking Electral?

Ans. Any kidney impairment, heart problems or allergic reactions are to be taken into consideration before taking Electral.

Q. Is Electral legal in India?

Ans. Yes, it is legal in India.

Disclaimer – The information provided above is to the best of our research and knowledge. However, you are recommended to consult a physician before consuming the drug.

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Reviewed and Edited by Dr. Pradeep - Clinical Research Coordinator

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