potassium citrate tablet - oral, Urocit-K
GENERIC NAME: POTASSIUM CITRATE TABLET - ORAL (poh-TASS-ee-um SYE-trate)
BRAND NAME(S): Urocit-K
USES: This medication is used to make the urine less acidic. This effect helps the kidneys get rid of uric acid, thereby helping to prevent gout and kidney stones. This medication can also prevent and treat certain metabolic problems (acidosis) caused by kidney disease.Citric acid and citrate salts (which contain potassium and sodium) belong to a class of drugs known as urinary alkalinizers. If you have a condition that requires you to limit your intake of potassium and sodium, your doctor may direct you to take a product that is lower in potassium and sodium.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually 3 to 4 times a day with meals or a bedtime snack, or as directed by your doctor.Swallow this medication whole with a full glass of water or other liquid (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not crush, chew, or suck on the tablets. Doing so may cause side effects. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication. Do not take this medication on an empty stomach.Your doctor may direct you to eat a low-salt (low-sodium) diet and drink lots of fluids. Follow your doctor's directions closely. Do not use salt substitutes that contain potassium.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.Take this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take this more often without your doctor's approval. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.While taking this medication, you may need to test the pH (acidity) of your urine using special paper. The pH will help determine the proper dose. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
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