citric acid/sodium citrate (Bicitra, Cytra-2, Oracit, Shohl's) (cont.)

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Sodium citrate/citric acid reduces stomach acidity, which can lead to increased digoxin (Lanoxin) absorption and possible digoxin side effects like dizziness, headache, nausea, diarrhea, irregular heart rate and rhythm, and visual disturbances.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on sodium citrate/citric acid to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether sodium citrate/citric acid enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of sodium citrate/citric acid are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and water retention.

It should not be used in patients with kidney failure.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2014

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