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Is it okay for an adult to drink pedialyte?

Asked by Yellowdog (12183points) February 11th, 2020

One day at the store, there was no Vitamin Water, no Gatorade or Powerade, only sugary beverages.

But there were medium-sized bottles of Pedialyte, which looked pretty good, I bought a bottle for less than the cost of Red Bull, and once I started drinking the Pedialyte I slammed it down fast. It felt like it was exactly what my body was needing.

I had no more cravings for energy drinks or sugar for the rest of the evening.

I could really drink this stuff, even watered down, but I wonder if this stuff that is supposed to replace lost fluid and electrolytes can be overdone.

I drank two bottles this week and would like to drink it daily

What say? Is it safe to drink this much electrolyte replacement?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

I think you should be drinking tap water ! ! ! ! !

zenvelo's avatar

It’s an overly expensive way of replacing electrolytes, and no, you shouldn’t drink it if you are properly hydrated.

Some people promote it as a hangover cure.

But you would be better off with just water. Get away from Red Bull, Vitamin water, Gatorade, and Powerade.

MrGrimm888's avatar

It’s meant for human consumption…

You could eat “baby” food, too. If you want…

Grown people wear diapers.

I don’t see any problems.

Yellowdog's avatar

They all sound like fun, @MrGrimm888

I just want to know it its safe.

zenvelo's avatar

There can be a problem if you get too many electrolytes. Too much sodium , to much potassium, both can cause severe problems and put a strain on your kidneys. Sodium affects your blood pressure, potassium can cause arrhythmia.

Just drink water.

JLeslie's avatar

I just looked up Pedialyte and Gatorade and at first glance it looks like Pedialyte has more sodium and potassium. I think it’s safe for adults, I can’t see why not, but I would just tell you to read the labels and compare. I would rather not drink so much in electrolytes, but you certainly can have some Pedialyte and chase it with water to dilute it.

I am assuming you are not eating, just drinking. If you can eat, then you likely are getting plenty of salt and potassium, and just plain water would be best.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Electrolyte imbalance is a serious thing, you never want to overdue plain water (chugalugging a gallon or more at once is dangerous) nor overdue salts.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

It’s hard to beat clean fresh water.

KNOWITALL's avatar

My mom’s doc recommends Gatorade or Pedialyte. We hate water unless it well water so we have to supplement.

johnpowell's avatar

My nutritionist gave me as many bottles of the stuff as I could get home when I was going through chemo. I got as much Boost, Ensure, and Pedialite since the doctors have tons of samples.

I was doing a few liters a day through the feeding tube and I didn’t die. But keep in mind I was using a feeding tube so it was around one drop of the stuff every second and not chugging it. It would take a few hours to get a liter in me.

And don’t buy the name brand stuff. The generics are just as good and half the price. I still do a few bottles about 12 hours before I have to get get immunotherapy. It helps keep my veins from collapsing when they stick the needles in.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Sidenote that stuff saved my dog’s life when she got dangerously dehydrated.

gondwanalon's avatar

Endurance athletes who have sensitive stomachs (there’s a lot of them) and can’t handle adult electrolyte drinks love Pedialyte.

si3tech's avatar

To replace your electrolytes, yes.

Caravanfan's avatar

It’s fine.

Nuggetmunch's avatar

Depends on your day to day activities.

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