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Generic Name: Citric Acid/Sodium Citrate (SIH-trik AS-id/SOE-dee-um SIH-trayt)
Brand Name: Examples include Bicitra and Oracit

Oracit is used for:

Treating metabolic acidosis and certain kidney problems (eg, kidney stones). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Oracit is an alkalinizing agent. It works by neutralizing excess acid in the blood and urine.

Do NOT use Oracit if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Oracit
  • you have aluminum toxicity, untreated Addison disease, low or no urine production, high blood potassium, congestive heart failure, heart damage, or severe kidney problems, or if you are dehydrated

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Oracit :

Some medical conditions may interact with Oracit . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you are taking aluminum salts (eg, aluminum hydroxide), amphetamines or lithium
  • if you have a history of kidney disease, heart disease, electrolyte/mineral imbalances (eg, high potassium levels), Addison disease, or stomach problems (eg, ulcer disease)
  • if you have high blood pressure, a urinary tract infection, or toxemia, or you are on a sodium-restricted diet

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with this medicine. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Aluminum salts (eg, aluminum hydroxide) because the risk of severe aluminum toxicity may be increased
  • Anorexiants (eg, phentermine) or sympathomimetics (eg, pseudoephedrine) because side effects may be increased by Oracit
  • Lithium or tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline) because effectiveness may be decreased by Oracit

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Oracit may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Oracit :

Use Oracit as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Oracit after meals and at bedtime, unless directed otherwise by your health care provider.
  • Shake well before using.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • Mix Oracit with water before swallowing. Follow with additional water, if desired.
  • If you miss a dose of Oracit , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Oracit .

Important safety information:

  • LAB TESTS, including blood electrolyte and bicarbonate levels, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Oracit with caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Oracit , discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Oracit during pregnancy. It is unknown if Oracit is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Oracit , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Oracit :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; loose stools; nausea; upset stomach; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; confusion; severe stomach pain; tingling of hands or feet; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; weakness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; nausea; seizures; vomiting.

Proper storage of Oracit :

Store Oracit at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Keep Oracit out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Oracit , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Oracit is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Oracit . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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