How to Use Potassium Citrate to Raise Urine pH

Potassium citrate is very healthy for your urine problems. It raises urine pH. It also prevents calcium from taking form of kidney stones. Further, it is helpful in treating gout, a type of arthritis caused by excessive calcium quantity at joints positions. One of the most important things about potassium is that you should not take it without advice from your doctor. Especially if you have tendency of kidney stones formation and urine alkaline problem, you should consult your doctor before taking potassium.

Instructions

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    Consult Doctor

    No matter for what reasons you are planning to take potassium citrate, do not do so without consulting your doctor. Only your doctor can advise about the quantity and frequency at which you can take potassium citrate.

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    Dosage

    If you have decided to take potassium citrate on your own, with or without consulting your doctor, take dosage prescribed on its label. Generally, the dosage recommended on the label is three tablets a day, and you should not exceed that limit.

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    Take With Meal

    It is better to take potassium citrate with meal or after meal, as if you take it during any other time of the day, it may cause your stomach upset. So, consider three meal times as the best frequency at which you should take the dosage.

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    Supplement/Tablets

    You can take potassium citrate as a supplement in the form of tablets. Take a tablet with about 8-10 ounce of water. Just swallow the pill with water. Or else, you can dissolve the tablet in a glass of water and drink it.

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    Your Position

    Try to stay in a standing position for a while soon after taking the tablets of potassium citrate, instead of lying down. In case of lying down soon after taking the dose, you can become ill.

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    Signs of Hyperkalemia

    Be careful while taking potassium citrate. It has certain side effects, especially if you take more than prescribed dose. It can cause  hyperkalemia because of excessive potassium quantity in the blood. It can result in change of heart rate, stomach upset, vomiting, fainting, numbness and other such problems. So it is better to monitor your condition soon after taking potassium citrate. This is one of the reasons that it is not recommended to take the citrate on your own without consulting your doctor.

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