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Potassium Citrate

Potassium citrate is a custom pharmacy compound drug. It is a potassium salt of citric acid and is classified in the family of drugs known as a urinary alkalinizers. The primary function of potassium citrate is to lower the acidity of urine. Lowering the acidity assists the kidneys by allowing them to dispose of uric acid, which in turn decreases the probability of kidney stones and gout.

HOW TO USE:

Potassium citrate is most often given orally and should be taken with a full glass of water. Take this drug after meals or with a snack. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you would like to know more about potassium citrate and how it works within the body. If you are prescribed a tablet, never chew or crush the tablet, or split it as this manipulation may cause the medication to release at a faster rate than intended. Follow your doctor's directions for dosage precisely and ask your doctor for clarification if you have any questions or concerns.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:

You may encounter some side effects while taking potassium citrate. Until you begin your course of this medication, it is impossible to predict if you will experience any side effects at all, or what kind if you do. Ask your doctor to go over the types of side effects that may present with the use of potassium citrate and observe your body for changes while using it. Common side effects seen with potassium citrate are:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach Pain
  • Diarrhea

Severe Side Effects:

While not everyone will experience severe side effects, they are within the realm of possibility. Be aware of any changes you feel in your body and get medical treatment immediately if you experience anything that feels severe or anything that is listed below.

ALLERGIC REACTION

Signs of:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Swollen, Blistered, Red and/or Peeling Skin (possibly with fever, possibly without)
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in Chest
  • Tightness in Throat
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Difficulty Talking
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling (mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat)


HIGH POTASSIUM LEVEL

Signs of:

  • Abnormal Heartbeat
  • Trouble with Mental Clarity or Thought
  • Weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or Tingling
  • Shortness of Breath

OTHER SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS

  • Throwing Up Blood
  • Vomit that Appears as Coffee Grounds
  • Extreme Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Upset Stomach
  • Stomach Swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Intense Stomach Pain
  • Black or Bloody Stools

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Never take any drug or supplement without the approval from your primary care doctor who is aware of your current and past medication history, current health status, age, and other conditions you may suffer from.

Potassium citrate is possibly contraindicated for many issues, conditions, drug interactions, etc. Ask your doctor for a full explanation and overview of all possible contraindications. Your doctor will decide if potassium citrate is safe for you to use.

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