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What Is Potassium Citrate?


Potassium citrate is a compound that can help prevent the formation of kidney stones. When people have too little citrate in their urine, the calcium they take in turns into stone.


Potassium citrate attaches to calcium in the urine, preventing the formation of mineral crystals that may develop into kidney stones. It may also prevent the formation of uric acid stones or cystine stones in people who have urine that is too acidic.

It is also used in hospitals to replace potassium that is lost when a thiazide medication is used to prevent kidney stones.

Side Effects of Potassium Citrate

The liquid form of potassium citrate may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or gas. You can control the level of acid in your urine by taking baking soda, but potassium citrate has fewer side effects.

You may be able to reduce or prevent side effects commonly caused by potassium citrate by adding water to the medicine or taking it with food.

An Alternative Way to Increase Potassium Citrate in Your Body

Drinking 4 fl. oz. of frozen concentrated lemonade in 1 qt. of water per day is also a way of increasing potassium citrate in your body.


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