FAQs

See below for answers to some commonly asked questions.

How can I order a free Nualtra shaker to mix Foodlink Complete?

If you would like to order a free Nualtra shaker, please contact us on support@nualtra.co.uk or 08081010926 (toll free number)

Why has my prescription changed to a Nualtra product?

Many GP Practices are currently assessing oral nutritional supplement treatments to ensure the treatment is effective and in line with national and local guidelines. Following a review of your treatment, they may have changed your supplement prescription to a more cost-effective or better-tasting product.

Are Nualtra products suitable for children?

Nualtra products are not suitable for children under 3 years of age. A clinical decision may be made by a doctor or dietitian to use these products in children aged 3 – 6 years. Their use in this age group will require close monitoring.

Are Nualtra products suitable for vegetarians?

The colouring Cochineal (E120) may not be acceptable to some vegetarians. It is used in all Nualtra Strawberry flavoured products except Foodlink Complete.

Are Nualtra products suitable for people with dysphagia?

The consistency of Nutricrem is suitable for some people with swallowing difficulties as it can safely be used in people who are on a Pureed Diet and/or need Grade 4/Stage 3 thicken fluids according to the Republic of Ireland and UK thicken fluid guidelines respectively. Altraplen Compact and Altraplen Protein may be thickened with a commercial thickener. Altraplen Compact can safely be used in people who need Grade 1 thicken fluids in the Republic Ireland. However, people with dysphagia should have a swallow assessment done by a Speech and Language Therapist. Following this test the therapist or dietitian will advise on the correct consistency of fluids and foods which are safe for each individual. The consistency of fluids that are safe for swallowing will vary among people with dysphagia.

Are Nualtra products suitable for people with Diabetes?

People with diabetes should only use oral nutritional supplements under medical supervision when they are unable to meet their nutritional requirements from food. The use of oral nutritional supplements should be discussed with the Diabetes Team when you attend the clinic for your next check up. Blood glucose levels should be closely monitored as the nutritional supplements contain carbohydrate which could alter your blood glucose level. Supplements should be sipped slowly and spread throughout the day. This will help to give better control of your blood glucose level.

Are Nualtra products suitable for pregnant women?

Excessive intakes of vitamin A should be avoided during pregnancy. The Nualtra products are nutritionally complete for all vitamins including Vitamin A. Following an assessment of your nutritional intake your dietitian or doctor will advise you on the use of oral nutritional supplements.

Are Nualtra products soya free?

No.

Are Nualtra products milk protein free?

No. Altraplen Compact, Altraplen Protein, Nutricrem and Foodlink Complete are not suitable for people with galactosemia.

Do Nualtra products contain lactose?

All products in the Nualtra range are considered to be clinically lactose free and are therefore suitable for patients with lactose intolerance. If you are allergic to dairy products you should discuss the use of oral nutritional supplements with a dietitian.

Are Nualtra products suitable for coeliacs and people with gluten intolerance?

All products in the Nualtra range are gluten free.

How many drinks can I take every day?

The number of nutritional supplements that you need daily will depend on how much food you are able to eat. Your healthcare professional will advise you on the quantity you should take every day. The nutritional requirements of each individual varies greatly during any illness. A number of factors can interfere with a persons ability to achieve adequate nutrition. Regular review by your dietitian or other healthcare professional will ensure that your nutritional intake is sufficient to help you to recover from your illness.

What is the difference between Altraplen Compact and Altraplen Protein?

Both products have an excellent nutritional profile. Altraplen Protein is higher in protein than Altraplen Compact and is an ideal supplement for people who may need to replace muscle lost during a major illness or for people who have higher protein needs to help with wound healing.

Can I use an oral nutritional supplement as a replacement for a meal?

All Nualtra products, except Foodlink Complete, are nutritionally complete and may be used as a light meal if you are unable to eat food. (See nutritionally complete volumes listed in the Product Compendium-2016, which can be accessed by clicking on ‘Resources’ at the top of this page). Ideally they are designed for use as a supplement between meals.

Why should I take an oral nutritional supplement?

If you have been ill you may not be able to eat enough or due to your illness you may have increased nutritional requirements. An oral nutritional supplement will help to prevent weight loss and give you the necessary nutrients to help to restore you to good health.

Can I take a multivitamin tablet instead of an oral nutritional supplement?

An oral nutritional supplement (ONS) has a greater nutritional value than a multivitamin tablet. They will give you lots of calories (energy) as well as protein vitamins and minerals. A multivitamin tablet only contains vitamins and some minerals so it is not a complete nutritional supplement.

Are oral nutritional supplements the same as nutrition supplements used by athletes?

Nutrition supplements used by athletes are used to help them achieve their peak performance. Most athletes have a good appetite. If your healthcare professional has prescribed an oral nutritional supplement for you it is because you are unable to meet your nutritional requirements from diet alone. The Nualtra products are high in energy (calories), protein, vitamins and minerals. They will help you to have a more balanced intake of all essential nutrients. They can only be purchased from a pharmacy.

How do I know that Nualtra products are safe to use?

All Nualtra products are formulated on sound medical and nutritional principles. They have been placed on the market as “dietary foods for special medical purposes”. This means a category of foods for particular nutritional uses specifically formulated and intended for the dietary management of patients who are unable to meet their nutritional requirements from food alone. They are for use under medical supervision. All Nualtra products comply with EU and ROI legislation regulating Foods for Special Medical Purposes (FSMPs). They have been formally approved by the regulatory authorities in the ROI.