Potrate (Potassium Citrate) (poe-TASS-see-um-SIT-rate)
What is Potrate (Potassium Citrate) used for?
Potrate ER (Potassium Citrate) is an oral medication used to treat renal tubular acidosis. It operates by neutralizing uric acid that has accumulated in the body to prevent gout or the formations of kidney stones. Your doctor may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Potrate (Potassium Citrate)?
Follow your doctor`s directions while taking Potrate (Potassium Citrate) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The best regimen will be determined by your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These doses should be swallowed with a large glass of water and a meal to prevent nausea. Do not chew or split the tablets before use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Potrate (Potassium Citrate)?
As with any medication, the use of Potrate (Potassium Citrate) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects including irregular heartbeats, increased urination, confusion, faintness, severe stomach pain, muscle weakness, leg discomfort, discoloured stools, or coughing up a substance that resembles coffee grounds. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Potrate (Potassium Citrate) should not be used by patients who are children under the age of six, pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have heart disease, or kidney disease. You are also suggested to inform your doctor of any other chronic health conditions you have that may cause unexpected complications to make sure the necessary alterations are made to your regimen.
Strictly use Potrate (Potassium Citrate) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Potrate (Potassium Citrate) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.