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Generic: potassium citrate
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It helps to make the urine more alkaline or less acidic

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What is this medicine?

POTASSIUM CITRATE (poe TASS i um SI treyt) is a potassium salt. It helps to make the urine more alkaline or less acidic. This medicine is used to prevent kidney stones.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • dehydration
  • diabetes
  • heart damage, failure
  • kidney disease
  • stomach ulcers or other problems
  • swallowing problems
  • urinary tract infection
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to potassium citrate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not chew, crush or suck on the tablets. Take this medicine in an upright or sitting position. Drink a sip of water before taking the medicine to help you swallow it. Take this medicine with a meal or a snack. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • ammonium chloride
  • antacids
  • eplerenone
  • histamine blockers for cold or allergy
  • medicines for bladder spasm like oxybutynin and tolterodine
  • medicines for movement abnormalities or Parkinson's disease
  • potassium supplements
  • potassium- sparing diuretics
  • sodium polystyrene sulfonate
  • some medicines for the stomach like chlordiazepoxide and dicyclomine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, or similar drugs
  • aspirin and aspirin- like drugs
  • digoxin
  • lithium
  • methenamine
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • quinidine
  • quinolone antibiotics
  • some medicines for high blood pressure, heart problems, kidney protection

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