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Potassium Citrate - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Potassium Citrate

Generic Name : Potassium Citrate
Pronunciation : poh-TASS-ee-UMSXE-trate
Latest prescription information about Potassium Citrate. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y54.9 | Therapeutic Classification : Minerals

Trade Names/Brand Names of Potassium Citrate


Why is Potassium Citrate Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an urinary alkalinizing agent, prescribed for kidney stones.  

When should Potassium Citrate not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with high potassium levels in the blood, aluminum toxicity, heart failure or injury, or severe kidney problems, who are taking aldosterone blocker and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Potassium Citrate?

PO- The recommended dose is 15ml 3 times a day after meals with a glass full of water.

How should Potassium Citrate be taken?

It comes as liquid to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Potassium Citrate?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of urinary tract infection, burns, diarrhea, ulcer, sugar, difficulty in swallowing, heart, kidney problem, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Monitor blood potassium levels, other blood electrolyte levels, and electrocardiogram (ECG) regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Potassium Citrate?

Diarrhea, loose stools, nausea, upset stomach and vomiting.

What are the other precautions for Potassium Citrate?

Drink adequate fluid while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Potassium Citrate?

Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container.

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