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The premier source of information for the management of patients with Dysphagia

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many scoops of Nutilis Powder should be used?

A Healthcare professional, typically a Speech and Language Therapist, a Dietitian or a GP will issue guidelines as to what consistency is best for each patient. Click here to open guidelines of Nutilis Powder in Northern Ireland or in the Republic of Ireland.

Q. How many tins of Nutilis Powder 300g are required on a monthly basis?

The number of tins required depend on a number of factors, ie. the grade/ stage required, the volume of fluids consumed, the type of fluids thickened, if it is used in meal preparation. The following calculation is based on a target fluid intake of 1500mls -2000mls per day.


Monthly Prescription (Fluid Intake 1.5-2L/day) Grade 1 "very mildly thick" Grade 2 "mildly thick" Grade 3 "moderately thick" Grade 4 "extremely thick"
Number of Nutilis Powder 300g tins per month 4-6 9-12 12-16 15-20


Monthly Prescription (Fluid Intake 1.5-2L/day) Stage 1 Syrup Stage 2 Custard Stage 3 Pudding
Number of Nutilis Powder 300g tins per month 9-12 12-16 15-20

Q. Are thickeners interchangeable?

No. Thickeners differ in properties and as result the amount of thickener needed per Grade / Stage is not the same. Moreover, the scoop size is different depending on the thickener and its manufacturer. Also Nutilis Powder is unique as it contains amylase resistant features to help promote a safer swallow.

Q. How much fluid that is thickened with Nutilis is available for absorption in the gut?

97-98% of the fluid thickened with Nutilis Powder is available for absorption in the gut.

Q. Can thickened fluids be kept in the fridge?

Regular fluids such as water and juices can be kept in the fridge for up to 12 hours and the consistency will be maintained. In the case of fluids which contain protein such as milk or nutritional supplements, ideally they should be consumed after being thickened.

Q. How long can thickened fluid stay out of the fridge?

If a thickened fluid is not refrigerated it should be consumed within 2 hours.

Q. Is Nutilis suitable for patients on the following diets - vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free?

Yes. Nutilis is lactose free, gluten free, cow’s milk protein free, yeast free, and suitable for vegetarians.

Q. Can Nutilis Powder be used with children under 3yrs of age?

No. Nutilis Powder contains E1442 and under Directive 95/2/EC this is not allowed in infant formulae, follow-on formulae, weaning foods or foods for special medical purpose for children aged 0-36 months.

Q. Can water be thickened?

Yes. However to make it more palatable for the patient it is best to add some cordial.


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