What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

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    Gastrolyte (electrolyte and dextrose oral powder) is used to prevent dehydration due to diarrhea and/or vomiting (associated with acute gastroenteritis). It’s also used to maintain hydration and electrolyte and fluid balance in cases of diarrhea and/or vomiting (associated with acute gastroenteritis).

    Gastrolyte comes in foil sachets.


    Use Gastrolyte as directed by your doctor. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about its use.

    The contents of the sachets should be dissolved in enough drinking water to make 200 mL (about 7 ounces). Make the solution immediately before feeding and use it within one hour. Discard the remaining solution after one hour. However, immediately after you make the solution, you may store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

    Your doctor will instruct you how much Gastrolyte you should consume and how often you should consume it.


    Sodium, potassium, chloride, citrate, and dextrose are contained in Gastrolyte drinks. Non-medicinal ingredients contained in the fruit flavor include aspartame, silicon dioxide, grapefruit flavor, and pineapple flavor. Aspartame and silicon dioxide are the inactive ingredients in the regular flavor.


    Do not use Gastrolyte if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.


    • Before you begin using Gastrolyte, inform your doctor of:
    • All the prescription and over-the-counter medications you take
    • Your allergies
    • Your current health conditions and past medical history
    • Your pregnancy or breastfeeding status
    • The contents of each sachet should be dissolved only in water.
    • Contact your doctor if any of the following occur:
      • Diarrhea or vomiting worsens or lasts longer than 24 hours
      • Signs of dehydration (e.g., mental status changes, inactivity, decreased urine output, dry mouth, increased heart rate and/or breathing rate, decreased tears and/or sunken eyes)
      • Signs of electrolyte imbalance (e.g., thirst, muscle weakness, or swelling of the hands, face, and/or feet)
      • Bloody diarrhea, in the presence of a high fever, yellowing of the skin, or vomiting that doesn’t go away, or dehydration that does not improve

    Side Effects

    There are no known Gastrolyte side effects.

    With a valid prescription from your doctor, you can buy Gastrolyte online at a competitive price at Canada Pharmacy.


    1. Gastrolyte. Quebec, CA: sanofi-aventis Canada Inc.; 2019.
    2. Gastrolyte. MedBroadcast.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 9655

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