What is hidrasec?

Hidrasec® is a synthetically manufactured medicine that contains racecadotril (1) as an active principle , a chemical compound with a pure intestinal antisecretory effect that belongs to a line of antidiarrheal medicines, acting specifically by regulating the passage of water into the intestine.

To highlight: This medication is produced by the company named Grupo Ferrer Internacional, SA (2)

What is hidrasec used for?

  • The active ingredient contained in hidrasec® decreases intestinal hypersecretion of water and electrolytes in the intestine without causing effects on basal secretion, helping to recover from states of dehydration of the body.
  • It is used to treat: 
    • Oral or parenteral rehydration in the treatment of acute diarrhea in children and infants. (3)

Hidrasec dosage and routes of administration

Hidrasec® is sold in a box with 18 sachets of 10 mg and 30 mg of granulated racecadotril and 100 mg capsules, containing the same component. The route of administration is oral and the dose for information may be as follows:

  • Children from 3 to 9 months of age : 1 sachet of 10 mg per dose 3 times a day or 1.5 mg/kg of body weight. 
  • Children from 9 to 30 months of age : 2 sachets of 10 mg per dose 3 times a day or 1.5 mg/kg of body weight.
  • Children from 30 months to 9 years of age : 1 sachet of 30 mg per dose 3 times a day or 1.5 mg/kg of body weight.
  • Children over 9 years of age : 2 sachets of 30 mg per dose 3 times a day or 1.5 mg/kg of body weight.
  • Adults and the elderly : An initial dose of 1 capsule and in the following days 1 capsule 3 times a day.

hidrasec side effects

The use of hidrasec® can cause in certain patients some of the following adverse effects:

  • Possible allergic reactions due to contact with any component of the formula.
  • Headaches.
  • Rash and erythema.
  • Multiform erythema, edema of the tongue, face, lips and eyelid edema.
  • Angioedema and urticaria.

Important: If you notice any of these symptoms or another not included in this list, please stop using it and consult your doctor.

Hidrasec contraindications and warnings

The use of hidrasec® is contraindicated in the following cases:

  • Hypersensitivity to any of the formula’s components.
  • In children or infants with renal failure.
  • During the period of pregnancy.
  • During breastfeeding .
  • In patients with diarrhea caused by antibiotics.
  • In patients who make stools with blood , pus and fever .

You should know: Provide all the information about your health history to your doctor, before starting treatment with this drug.

Avoid if you have:


  • Pharmaceutical products such as hidrasec®, must be administered with prescription or medical prescription.
  • This drug contains fructose, so caution should be exercised in the diabetic population.
  • In the same way, this medicine contains lactose , so it should be administered with caution in people with intolerance to this component.
  • Keep this medicine stored in a dry, cool place and out of the reach of children.

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