What is Potassium Citrate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Urocit-K

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Potassium citrate is an alkalinizing agent that is used in conditions where long-term maintenance of an alkaline urine is desirable and for the treatment of metabolic acidosis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Distal renal tubular acidosis type 1 7 4
Kidney stone 4 2
Hypokalemia 2 0
Bladder spasms 1 0
Excessive sweating 1 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 7
Mild 5
None 15

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Potassium Citrate

Side effect Patients
Elevated potassium levels 1
Fatigue 1
Flatulence 1
Gagging (throat spasm) 1
Nausea 1
Stomach discomfort 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Potassium Citrate

Dosage Patients
10 mEq twice daily 2
15 mEq twice daily 2
30 mEq daily 2
2 tablet(s) daily 1
10 mEq daily 1
20 mEq daily 1
10 mEq three times daily 1
20 mEq twice daily 1
30 mEq twice daily 1
100 mEq daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Potassium Citrate

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 6
Course of treatment ended 3
Did not seem to work 2
Side effects too severe 2
Expense 1
See all 13 patients who've stopped taking Potassium Citrate

Duration

Currently taking Potassium Citrate

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Potassium Citrate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 13
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 13
Not specified 14
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3 patient evaluations for Potassium Citrate

Mar 15, 2016 (Started Mar 12, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for kidney stones)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (elevated potassium levels)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mEq Daily
Advice & Tips: Watch your potassium levels

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2016 (Started Sep 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Keep some handy... you never know when you might need it :)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 18, 2016 (Started Sep 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 21, 2015 (Started Sep 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 24, 2015 (Started Sep 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bladder infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 11, 2013 (Started Sep 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder infection)
  • Side effects
    Mild (urge incontinence)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Potassium citrate is an over-the-counter (OTC) drug and, as far as I can tell, is a lot more effective, and cheaper!, than cranberry juice and, for a diabetic, there is very little sugar. Note that the PLM system does not let me enter the dosage so I take a sachet in water every four hour or as required... about mid-morning and just before bed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 23, 2009 (Started Aug 24, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for kidney stones)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 mEq Daily

Aug 10, 2009 (Started Aug 24, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for kidney stones)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mEq Daily
Advice & Tips: if it's working, it's great....you just have to take it on faith that it is! No kidney stone flare ups in a whle!

  • 0 helpful marks
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