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What is Urocit-K?

 
Urocit-K is used as an aid to prevent kidney stone formation by increasing urinary pH. Urocit-K requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For: Cats and Dogs
 
Benefits:
Decreases the chance of kidney stone formation
Easy to administer tablets

How it works:
Urocit-K makes your pet’s urine less acidic which helps reduce the formation of kidney stones that would normally occur as a result of high levels of calcium or uric acid in the urine. Be sure that your pet swallows the tablets whole rather than chews it. Any other specific direction should be given to you by your veterinarian.

Cautions:
You should avoid giving your pet any supplements that contain potassium while using Urocit-K. There are possible side effects, so address any concerns you may have with your veterinarian.

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Brand Name
Urocit-K (Mission Pharmacal), Nutrived (Vedco)
Generic Name
Potassium citrate

What is the most important information I should know about Urocit-K: Urocit-K is a prescription medication FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs and cats. Urocit-K is available as 5 MEQ (540mg) and 10 MEQ (1080mg) controlled release tablets. The usual dose for dogs and cats depends on blood test values and the pet¿s response to therapy. Urocit-K tablets should be swallowed whole. The tablets should not be crushed or the pet allowed to chew the tablets. Keep water available for the pet to drink.

What is Urocit-K: Urocit-K makes the urine less acidic which helps to reduce the formation of kidney stones that would normally occur as a result of high levels of calcium or uric acid in the urine. Urocit-K may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Urocit-K to my pet: Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given a potassium-sparing diuretic, such as Spironolactone or if the pet is being given a potassium supplement. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease, diabetes, or is dehydrated. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has adrenal insufficiency (Addison¿s disease), or serious illness or infection, stomach ulcer, intestinal obstruction or urinary tract infection. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

How should this medication be given: Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Allow pet to drink plenty of water. Urocit-K tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not crush or or allow the pet to chew the tablet. It is recommended to take Urocit-K with food to reduce stomach upset. Urocit-K tablet is made up of an outer shell that contains the medication. The medication is absorbed by the body but the outer shell is passed out of the body in the stool. Do not be alarmed if you see this outer shell in the pet¿s stool. Your veterinarian may want to perform blood tests during treatment to monitor progress and side effects. Store Urocit-K at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of Urocit-K overdose may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, paralysis, irregular heartbeats and heart attack.

What should I avoid while giving Urocit-K to my pet: You should avoid giving your pet any supplements that contain potassium.

What are the possible side effects of Urocit-K: If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Urocit-K and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives), abdominal pain, black bloody or tarry stools, blood in vomit or muscle weakness or irregular heartbeats. Other less serious side effects may occur. Continue giving Urocit-K and talk to your veterinarian if your pet has slight nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea or loose stools. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Urocit-K: Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given a potassium supplement, a potassium-sparing diuretic such as Spironolactone, an ACE inhibitor such as enalapril or lisinopril, or digoxin. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Urocit-K. Talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet any prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins, minerals and herbal products.

Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about Urocit-K written for health professionals that you may read.

 

Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Directions:
Urocit-K is a prescription medication that is used in dogs and cats to aid in the prevention of urinary stone formation.
Urocit-K makes the urine less acidic which helps to reduce the formation of kidney stones that would normally occur as a result of high levels of calcium or uric acid in the urine.
Urocit-K is a controlled release tablet that should be swallowed whole. The tablet should not be crushed or chewed.
Tip: Urocit-K tablets are made up of an outer shell that contains the medication. The medication is absorbed by the body but the outer shell is passed out of the body in the stool. Do not be alarmed if you see this outer shell in your pet’s stool.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Cats: All weights The usual dose in dogs and cats depends on blood test values and the pet’s response to therapy. Give the medication with food to prevent stomach upset. Allow plenty of water for your pet to drink
Horses:
Storage: Urocit-K should be stored at room temperature away from moisture and heat
Urocit-K:
Active Ingredients (per tablet) Amount
Potassium Citrate 540 mg

Urocit-K:
Active Ingredients (per tablet) Amount
Potassium Citrate 1080 mg

Urocit-K 5 5 1 1
Wow! It works! I take this medication myself because I get painful kidney stones, but this really helps to reduce my number of attacks. 08/31/2011
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My 13 year old jack russell has been on 1620meq of Potassium citrate for approximately 11 years. He recently had surgery on his liver and got pancreatitis. Now he is on lower fat food(vegetarian for urates) but when I give him his nightly Urocit 2-3 times a week he will vomit them back up about two hours later. He is also using Pancrezyme on his food. Any thoughts on potassium citrate and pancreatitis? Thank you.
2 years ago
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jilbert
Brinnon, WA
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Good day,

Try administering his Urocit medication with his last meal, in order to help reduce the incidence of vomiting. If this is not effective, your veterinarian may prescribe an anti-nausea/vomiting medication that can be taken preceding his dose of Urocit. Thank you and take care.
2 years ago
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Rich - Student Pharmacist
Pompano
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2 years, 1 month ago
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Anonymous
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Urocit-K will decrease the chance of kidney stone formation by making the pet's urine less acidic. It will not dissolve a kidney stone that has already formed.
2 years, 1 month ago
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marty pharmacist
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My little pup (14 pound pomeranian-terrier) is too small to swallow these pills so my vet has told me to crush them up for him. This was working for awhile but now he's having trouble urinating and seems to be unhappy. Can someone help please?
2 years, 4 months ago
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Bonnie
Los Angeles
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This is a controlled realease medication, therefore it can not be crushed, chewed, or cut. You should take your pet to the veterinarian as the symptoms are worsening.
2 years, 3 months ago
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Yoliset, Student Pharmacist
Pompano Beach
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Why is the tablet more expensive. I give my dog 300mg. twice a day. how would you give the tablet. Thanks Jackie
2 years, 5 months ago
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jaxie
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You cannot give 300mg of potassium citrate using a Urocit-K tablet. What you are giving your pet is probably being specially compounded for you.
2 years, 5 months ago
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Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
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I posted a question earlier about increasing the dosage of Urocit-K from 1 1080 tablet in the evening as my jack russell was continuing to run less than an alkaline urine in the morning. Thank you for answering my question by having me consult my vet. I spoke to her and she said increase by 1 540mg, so now he gets one 1080mg and one 540mg each night. He will be 13 in June and has been on potassium citrate since he was about 1.5. Are there long term problems with this much potassium citrate either in his kidneys or being stored somewhere in the body? Thank you. The two pills make a 6.8-7 urine in the morning.
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Washington
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I knew if you contacted your veterinarian that your pet would be helped. As to your concern about potassium levels over time, I would suggest that as long as your veterinarian is doing periodic blood tests that will measure potassium (as well as other electrolytes), you should have no concerns about long term use of this product.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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