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Does anyone still use urocit-k for kidney stones?

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Dr. Terence Chapman
Urology - Oncology
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In brief: Yes

Potassium citrate is a useful drug for prevention of many, if not most types of stone formation.
Though there may be different metabolic defects in different people who form calcium oxalate stones, k-citrate has been shown to improve urinary citrate excretion and thus binding of urinary calcium. In addition, increased urine ph can help reduce uric acid stone formation.

In brief: Yes

Potassium citrate is a useful drug for prevention of many, if not most types of stone formation.
Though there may be different metabolic defects in different people who form calcium oxalate stones, k-citrate has been shown to improve urinary citrate excretion and thus binding of urinary calcium. In addition, increased urine ph can help reduce uric acid stone formation.
Dr. Terence Chapman
Dr. Terence Chapman
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In brief: Yes to Urocit-K

Commonly used brand name form of potassium citrate in the management of uric acid stones.
Comes in a wax-matrix tablet - since the human body cannot digest wax, the tablet is extruded "whole" after the medication is extracted from it. Some physicians are coerced into using generic sodium citrate/bicarbonate; sodium potentiates renal calcium excretion - bad idea in a stone former.

In brief: Yes to Urocit-K

Commonly used brand name form of potassium citrate in the management of uric acid stones.
Comes in a wax-matrix tablet - since the human body cannot digest wax, the tablet is extruded "whole" after the medication is extracted from it. Some physicians are coerced into using generic sodium citrate/bicarbonate; sodium potentiates renal calcium excretion - bad idea in a stone former.
Dr. Stephen Chinn
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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Internal Medicine

In brief: Urocit K (potassium citrate)

Sure - it is widely used and is very effective.
The only challenge is the tablet number. It becomes "easier" to intake citrate by a liquid formulation : Bicitra (citric acid and sodium citrate) or Polycitra or ReaLemon Extract or Orange Juice......these all are excellent alternatives.

In brief: Urocit K (potassium citrate)

Sure - it is widely used and is very effective.
The only challenge is the tablet number. It becomes "easier" to intake citrate by a liquid formulation : Bicitra (citric acid and sodium citrate) or Polycitra or ReaLemon Extract or Orange Juice......these all are excellent alternatives.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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