Urocit Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Urocit-K (potassium citrate) Extended-Release is a form of the mineral potassium used to treat a kidney stone condition called renal tubular acidosis. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain.
In patients with severe hypocitraturia (low amount of citrates in the urine, a risk factor for kidney stones), the starting dose of Urocit-K is 60 mEq /day (30 mEq two times/day or 20 mEq three times/day). For mild to moderate hypocitraturia the starting dose is 30 mEq/day (15 mEq two times/day or 10 mEq three times/day). Urocit-K may interact with eplerenone, digoxin, candesartan, losartan, valsartan, telmisartan, glycopyrrolate, mepenzolate, quinidine, atropine, benztropine, dimenhydrinate, methscopolamine, scopolamine, bronchodilators, bladder or urinary medications, irritable bowel medications, ACE inhibitors, or diuretics. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Urocit-K should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Urocit-K (potassium citrate) Extended-Release Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Urocit in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- confusion, anxiety, feeling like you might pass out;
- uneven heartbeat;
- extreme thirst, increased urination;
- leg discomfort;
- muscle weakness or limp feeling;
- numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet, or around your mouth;
- severe stomach pain, ongoing diarrhea or vomiting;
- black, bloody, or tarry stools; or
- coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild nausea or upset stomach;
- mild or occasional diarrhea; or
- appearance of a potassium citrate tablet in your stool.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
Urocit Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
An empty tablet shell may appear in your stool. This is harmless because your body has already absorbed the medication.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
This drug may cause serious stomach or intestinal problems (e.g., bleeding, blockage, puncture). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: abdominal swelling, black/bloody stools, constipation, dizziness, fast heartbeat, severe stomach/abdominal pain, difficult/painful swallowing, severe vomiting, vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
This medication may cause high potassium levels in the blood (hyperkalemia). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: muscle cramps/weakness, severe dizziness, slow/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, restlessness), tingling of the hands/feet, unusually cold skin.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Urocit FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Some patients may develop minor gastrointestinal complaints during Urocit®-K (potassium citrate extended-release tablets) therapy, such as abdominal discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, loose bowel movements or nausea. These symptoms are due to the irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, and may be alleviated by taking the dose with meals or snacks, or by reducing the dosage. Patients may find intact matrices in their feces.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Urocit (Potassium Citrate Extended-Release Tablets) »
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