Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Key to symbols The medicine should be initiated by, or on the advice of a specialist, but is suitable for continuation by a GP The medicine should only be used and prescribed by a specialist Indicates the preferred choice within a class or group of medicines
The medicine should be initiated by, or on the advice of a specialist, but is suitable for continuation by a GP
The medicine should only be used and prescribed by a specialist
Indicates the preferred choice within a class or group of medicines
9. Nutrition and blood

9.2. Fluids and electrolytes

9.2.1. Oral preparations for fluid and electrolyte imbalance

9.2.1.1. Oral potassium

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Specialist Only
SODIUM POLYSTYRENE SULPHONATE

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist use only.

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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.

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9.2.1.2. Oral sodium and water

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Specialist and GP
SODIUM CHLORIDE

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation.

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Specialist and GP
SODIUM BICARBONATE

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation.

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9.2.1.3. Oral bicarbonate

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Specialist and GP
SODIUM BICARBONATE

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation.

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Preferred List
DIORALYTE

Prescribing Notes:

Oral rehydration salts.

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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.

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9.2.2. Parenteral preparations for fluid and electrolyte imbalance

9.2.2.1. Electrolytes and water

9.2.2.2. Plasma and plasma substitutes

Total Formulary
Specialist and GP
GELOFUSINE

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation.

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Specialist and GP
DEXTRAN 70

Restrictions: Restricted to specialist initiation.

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Total Formulary
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