See NHS Somerset formulary Useful links for NHS Somerset sick day rules.

See NHS Somerset formulary Fluid and Electrolyte imbalances for Oral rehydration therapy.

Avoid anti-motility agents in children. See below for assessment of dehydration in under 5s: Diarrhoea and vomiting caused by gastroenteritis in under 5s: diagnosis and management NICE CG84 April 2009)

Therapeutic AreaFormulary ChoicesCost for 28
(unless otherwise stated)
Rationale for decision / comments
Antimotility agentsLoperamide

Green cross
- suitable for self-care.
2mg capsules: £0.89 (30)

Codeine15mg tablets: £0.78
30mg tablets: £1.01
Just three days of codeine containing medicines can lead to addiction – NHS Somerset strongly recommend that prescribers discuss the risk of addiction when initiating opioid containing medication.

Assessing dehydration in Children