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What is Potassium Citrate used for?

Potassium Citrate is used in the treatment of gout and kidney stones. This medicine reduces the acidity of the urine. It is also used to treat kidney disease called renal tubular acidosis, nephrolithiasis, and uric acid lithiasis. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Potassium Citrate?

The dosage of Potassium Citrate prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Potassium Citrate should be taken after food.

What if you miss a dose of Potassium Citrate?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Potassium Citrate medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Potassium Citrate?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Potassium Citrate, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Potassium Citrate?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Potassium Citrate.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Potassium Citrate, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Potassium Citrate can interact with certain blood pressure medications, narcotic pain relievers, antispasmodics, anticholinergics, corticosteroids, potassium-sparing diuretics, decongestants, angiotensin blockers, irritable bowel medications, and ACE inhibitors.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Potassium Citrate?

Like other medicines, Potassium Citrate can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Potassium Citrate are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Potassium Citrate cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Potassium Citrate develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Potassium Citrate can cause side effects such as extreme thirst, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and constipation. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Potassium Citrate.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Potassium Citrate?

Is it possible for me to take Potassium Citrate with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Potassium Citrate?
What are the possible drug interactions of Potassium Citrate?
How will Potassium Citrate work in my body?
How should Potassium Citrate be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Potassium Citrate drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Potassium Citrate is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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