What is Emetrol

Emetrol is a phosphorated carbohydrate (sugar) solution used for the relief of upset stomach associated with nausea due to overindulgence in food and drink. Emetrol active ingredients in each 5 mL are: 1.87 g Dextrose (glucose) + 1.87 g Levulose (fructose) + 21.5 mg Phosphoric acid

Inactive ingredients: FD&C red no. 40, flavors, glycerin, methylparaben, and purified water.

Emetrol Warnings

This product contains fructose and should not be taken by persons with hereditary fructose intolerance.

Do not use if you have:

  • allergic reactions to any of the ingredients in this product

Ask a doctor before use if you have:

  • diabetes

Stop use and ask a doctor if:

  • symptoms persist, return or get worse

If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.

Keep out of reach of children.

In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. (1-800-222-1222)

How does Emetrol work

Glucose is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) that is a primary source of energy for living organisms. Glucose is naturally occurring and is found in fruits and other parts of plants in its free state. Glucose is used therapeutically in fluid and nutrient replacement. In your body glucose arises from the breakdown of glycogen in a process known as glycogenolysis. Glucose is synthesized in the liver and kidneys from non-carbohydrate intermediates, such as pyruvate and glycerol, by a process known as gluconeogenesis.

Fructose is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) found in sweet fruits and honey that is soluble in water, alcohol, or ether. Fructose is used as a preservative and an intravenous infusion in parenteral feeding.

Phosphoric Acid is a colorless, odorless phosphorus-containing inorganic acid. Phosphoric acid is a sequestering agent which binds many divalent cations, including Fe++, Cu++, Ca++, and Mg++. Phosphoric acid is used in dentistry and orthodontics as an etching solution, to clean and roughen the surfaces of teeth where dental appliances or fillings will be placed. In addition, phosphoric acid is a constituent in bone and teeth, and plays a role in many metabolic processes.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Emetrol?

  • If you have an allergy to fructose, dextrose, phosphoric acid, or any other part of Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are not able to break down fructose.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Emetrol?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
  • Different brands of Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid) may be for use in different ages of children. Talk with the doctor before giving Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid) to a child.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Is Emetrol safe for pregnancy?

There is no research data regarding the safety of Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid) for use during pregnancy or while pregnant or to treat early pregnancy morning sickness. If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, you should consult with your doctor before using Emetrol. Furthermore, Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid) has not been found by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be safe and effective, and their labeling has not been approved by FDA. For further information about unapproved drugs, please visit the FDA’s Unapproved Prescription Drugs: Drugs Marketed in the United States That Do Not Have Required FDA Approval, here


How is Emetrol best taken?

Use Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid). If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid).
  • Do not mix with any liquid.
  • Do not drink any other liquids right before or after taking Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid).

Emetrol dosage

  • for maximum effectiveness never dilute or drink fluids of any kind immediately before or after taking Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid)
  • Adults and children 12 years of age and over: one to two tablespoons (15 ml to 30 ml)
  • Children 2 to under 12 years of age: one or two teaspoons (5 ml to 10 ml)
  • repeat dose every 15 minutes or until distress subsides
  • do not take more than 5 doses in 1 hour without consulting a doctor
  • measure only with dosing cup provided. Dosing cup to be used with Emetrol only. Do not use with other products.

Other information

  • Store between 20-25ºC (68-77ºF) away from heat and direct light; keep from freezing
  • Do not use if printed foil seal under bottle cap is broken or missing

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Emetrol (fructose, dextrose, and phosphoric acid) is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
  • Do not take more than 5 doses in 1 hour unless told to do so by your doctor.

Emetrol side effects

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Along with its needed effects, phosphorated carbohydrate solution (the active ingredient contained in Emetrol) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Stop taking phosphorated carbohydrate solution and get emergency help immediately if any of the following effects occur:

Signs of fructose intolerance

  • fainting
  • swelling of face, arms, and legs
  • unusual bleeding
  • vomiting
  • weight loss
  • yellow eyes or skin

Some side effects of phosphorated carbohydrate solution may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common – more common with large doses

  • diarrhea
  • stomach or abdominal pain

Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

Signs of an allergic reactions are:

  • rash;
  • hives;
  • itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever;
  • wheezing;
  • tightness in the chest or throat;
  • trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking;
  • unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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