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    What does Potassium Citrate treat?

    Potassium Citrate is a medication that helps the kidney clear excess uric acid which causes gout and kidney stones. It brings down the acidity of the urine. It is also prescribed to treat renal tubular acidosis, nephrolithiasis and uric acid lithiasis. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.

    Dosage Instructions

    Follow the Potassium Citrate dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. It must be taken after food.

    Missed a dose?

    Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.


    Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.

    Drug Interactions

    Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Potassium Citrate is taken along with another drug or with certain foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Potassium Citrate.

    It may interact with: 

    • Aspirin 
    • Digoxin 
    • Lisinopril 
    • Lithium 

    This may also interact with antispasmodics, anticholinergics, angiotensin blockers, corticosteroids, potassium-sparing diuretics, decongestants, blood pressure medications, narcotic pain relievers, irritable bowel medications and ACE inhibitors. This is not an exhaustive list though.

    Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

    Possible Side Effects

    Potassium Citrate might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

    Some of the side effects could be extreme thirst, diarrhea, stomach pain, dizziness, nausea, fast heartbeat, mood changes, vomiting and constipation. This is not the complete list though.

    In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

    What to ask your doctor before you start on Potassium Citrate

    • Can I take Potassium Citrate along with other drugs? 
    • Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Potassium Citrate? 
    • What is the dosage of Potassium Citrate to be consumed? 
    • How should I use Potassium Citrate? 
    • How will Potassium Citrate work on my body? 
    • How can the drug interactions and side effects of Potassium Citrate be minimized or completely avoided?


    The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Potassium Citrate is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.


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    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2012-11-05
    I had kidney store 4x4mm last year during got blasted by lithotripsy. So far so good I had couple of visit to urologist later and he did not prescribed any medication to prevent them in future. I feel some sort of pain in the same back side this time now.. I remeber earlier I have used potassium citrate syrup to clean urine bladders frequently. I would like to try the same for safe side.. what is your advise? Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, To reduce the Kidney stone we have 2 drugs in our site. One comes under Allopathy, which is the same Potassium citrate, you took before to reduce your stones. The other one comes in herbals, which is under the name called Cystone, but I regret to inform you Potassium Citrate syrup is currently not available with us. So I would suggest you to go either Potassium Citrate tablets or Cystone to reduce your Kidney Stones. Potassium citrate comes in 2 strengths 5meq and 10 meq respectively. So based on the stone size, the strength should be taken. Recommended dosage of Potassium citrate would be 1 tablet 3 times a day for both 5meq or 10meq. Cystone's recommended dosage would be 1 tablets 3 times a day. Note: The above drugs and dosage are only our suggestion, so we always suggest you to please get confirmation from your physician. Since your physician would suggest you the exact drug with dosage based on the severity of your health conditions.
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