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Can you explain the difference between potassium citrate and potassium carbonate?
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Different salts
Both are salts of potassium.
One contains carbonate the other citrate. Potassium is the primary ingredient in both n.

In brief: Different salts
Both are salts of potassium.
One contains carbonate the other citrate. Potassium is the primary ingredient in both n.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Dr. Jack Rubin
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
In brief: Difference
Potassium citrate (kc) can cause the person taking it to develop a metabolic alkalosis.
It also increases the urinary excretion of oxalate. Kc works better in patients with crohn's disease. Potassium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (kb) can be used to treat a metabolic acidosis, without causing an alkalosis and reduces urinary oxalate excretion. Please see your doctor to decide which one is best for you.

In brief: Difference
Potassium citrate (kc) can cause the person taking it to develop a metabolic alkalosis.
It also increases the urinary excretion of oxalate. Kc works better in patients with crohn's disease. Potassium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (kb) can be used to treat a metabolic acidosis, without causing an alkalosis and reduces urinary oxalate excretion. Please see your doctor to decide which one is best for you.
Dr. Jack Rubin
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