GENERIC NAME: POTASSIUM ACID PHOSPHATE - ORAL (poh-TASS-ee-um ACID FOSS-fate)
BRAND NAME(S): K-Phos Original
USES: This medication helps control the amount of calcium in the body and urine. It works by making the urine more acidic.It is used to prevent calcium kidney stones. It is also used to decrease the amount of ammonia in urine, thereby reducing odor and skin irritation caused by high-ammonia urine. This medication is also given to help certain antibiotics for bladder infections (e.g., methenamine) work better.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used in people who cannot get enough phosphorus from their diets. Phosphorus is a natural body mineral that is very important for building and maintaining bone.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually 4 times a day with meals and at bedtime or as directed by your doctor. Allow the tablet(s) to dissolve in a full glass (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) of water for 3 to 5 minutes. Do not use any liquid other than plain water. If any medication remains undissolved, crush the pieces in the water and stir well. After the medication has completely dissolved, stir and drink the mixture.Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.Your dosage is based on your condition and response to therapy.Take this medication 2-3 hours before or after taking any products containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium. Some examples include quinapril, didanosine, vitamins/minerals, and antacids. Dairy products (e.g., milk, yogurt), calcium-enriched juice, sucralfate, bismuth subsalicylate, iron, and zinc are also included. These products bind with phosphate, preventing its full absorption.Take this medication as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take this more often without your doctor's approval.
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