Urocit-K, also known as potassium citrate, is a medication that makes urine less acidic. Less acidic urine helps the kidneys get rid of excess uric acid, which helps prevent gout and kidney stones. Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream, which causes uric acid crystals to form in the joints. Gout most often affect the feet or toes. Urocit-K belongs to a class of drugs called urinary alkalinizers which can help treat certain metabolic problems as well as kidney disease.
Always read the medication information and instructions before using this medication.
Before taking Urocit-K, tell your doctor about your medical history. Let your doctor know if you have a history of:
Excess salt may increase your symptoms of gout or kidney disease, so your doctor may direct you to eat a low-sodium diet and drink lots of fluids.
Do not use salt substitutes that contain potassium.
When you are taking this medication, you must test the pH (acidity) of your urine using special paper. The pH of your urine will help determine your dose of Urocit-K.
Some common side effects of Urocit-K include but are not limited to:
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience:
How should I store my medication?
Store Urocit-K at room temperature and away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom and keep the medication away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take your dose as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your medicine at the regular time. Never double up your dose.