Skip to main navigation Skip to main content Skip to footer For Medicare For Providers For Brokers For Employers Español For Individuals & Families: For Individuals & Families Medical Dental Other Supplemental Explore coverage through work How to Buy Health Insurance Types of Dental Insurance Open Enrollment vs. Special Enrollment See all topics Shop for Medicare plans Member Guide Find a Doctor Log in to myCigna
Home Knowledge Center Wellness Library citric acid and potassium citrate

citric acid and potassium citrate

Pronunciation: SIT rik AS id and poe TASS ee um SI trate

Brand: Cytra-K

What is the most important information I should know about citric acid and potassium citrate?

What is the most important information I should know about citric acid and potassium citrate?

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

What is citric acid and potassium citrate?

What is citric acid and potassium citrate?

Citric acid and potassium citrate is a combination medicine that helps make your urine less acidic. Sometimes called a urinary alkalizer, this medicine is used to treat acidosis or to prevent gout or kidney stones.

Citric acid and potassium citrate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking citric acid and potassium citrate?

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking citric acid and potassium citrate?

You should not use this medicine if you have:

  • severe kidney disease;
  • little to no urination;
  • severe heart damage (such as from a heart attack);
  • untreated Addison's disease (an adrenal gland disorder);
  • high levels of potassium in your blood (hyperkalemia);
  • a genetic condition that causes episodes of severe muscle weakness; or
  • if you are severely dehydrated or have heat cramps.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • kidney problems;
  • heart problems, high blood pressure; or
  • stomach or intestinal bleeding.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I take citric acid and potassium citrate?

How should I take citric acid and potassium citrate?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

This medicine is usually taken after meals and at bedtime. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

Measure liquid medicine carefully. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

This medicine can irritate your esophagus, stomach, or intestines. To prevent this, mix the liquid or powder form of this medicine with water or juice. The amount of water or juice used will depend on your dose and whether you use the liquid or powder.

Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking this medicine.

You may need to follow a special diet. Follow all instructions of your doctor or dietitian. Learn about the foods to eat or avoid to help control your condition.

You will need frequent blood and urine tests.

Store in a tightly-closed container at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and freezing.

What happens if I miss a dose?

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of this medicine can be fatal very quickly if your potassium level gets too high.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, weakness, tingling, or irregular heartbeats.

What should I avoid while taking citric acid and potassium citrate?

What should I avoid while taking citric acid and potassium citrate?

Ask your doctor before using an antacid, and use only the type your doctor recommends. Antacids that contain aluminum can interact with this medicine and cause serious side effects.

Avoid using potassium supplements or salt substitutes without your doctor's advice.

What are the possible side effects of citric acid and potassium citrate?

What are the possible side effects of citric acid and potassium citrate?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • swelling or severe pain in your stomach;
  • vomiting;
  • black or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • alkalosis (when the body is too alkaline) --confusion, nausea, vomiting, numbness or tingling, tremors, muscle twitching or spasm; or
  • high potassium level --nausea, weakness, tingly feeling, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, loss of movement.

Common side effects may include:

  • upset stomach; or
  • diarrhea.

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.

What other drugs will affect citric acid and potassium citrate?

What other drugs will affect citric acid and potassium citrate?

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

  • digoxin, digitalis;
  • a diuretic or "water pill" --amiloride, eplerenone, spironolactone, triamterene; or
  • heart or blood pressure medication --benazepril, captopril, enalapril, lisinopril, quinapril, ramipril, and others.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect citric acid and potassium citrate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Where can I get more information?

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about citric acid and potassium citrate.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.

Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

<cipublic-spinner variant="large"><span>Loading…</span></cipublic-spinner>

Page Footer

I want to...

Get an ID card File a claim View my claims and EOBs Check coverage under my plan See prescription drug list Find an in-network doctor, dentist, or facility Find a form Find 1095-B tax form information View the Cigna Glossary Contact Cigna

Audiences

Individuals and Families Medicare Employers Brokers Providers

Secure Member Sites

myCigna member portal Health Care Provider portal Cigna for Employers Client Resource Portal Cigna for Brokers

Cigna Company Information

About Cigna Company Profile Careers Newsroom Investors Suppliers Third Party Administrators International Evernorth

 Cigna. All rights reserved.

Privacy Legal Product Disclosures Cigna Company Names Customer Rights Accessibility Non-Discrimination Notice [PDF] Language Assistance [PDF] Report Fraud Sitemap

Disclaimer

Individual and family medical and dental insurance plans are insured by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (CHLIC), Cigna HealthCare of Arizona, Inc., Cigna HealthCare of Illinois, Inc., and Cigna HealthCare of North Carolina, Inc. Group health insurance and health benefit plans are insured or administered by CHLIC, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (CGLIC), or their affiliates (see a listing of the legal entities  that insure or administer group HMO, dental HMO, and other products or services in your state). Accidental Injury, Critical Illness, and Hospital Care plans or insurance policies are distributed exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, are administered by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, and are insured by either (i) Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (Bloomfield, CT); (ii) Life Insurance Company of North America (“LINA”) (Philadelphia, PA); or (iii) New York Life Group Insurance Company of NY (“NYLGICNY”) (New York, NY), formerly known as Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. The Cigna name, logo, and other Cigna marks are owned by Cigna Intellectual Property, Inc. LINA and NYLGICNY are not affiliates of Cigna.

All insurance policies and group benefit plans contain exclusions and limitations. For availability, costs and complete details of coverage, contact a licensed agent or Cigna sales representative. This website is not intended for residents of New Mexico.

Selecting these links will take you away from Cigna.com to another website, which may be a non-Cigna website. Cigna may not control the content or links of non-Cigna websites. Details