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madeline13

Registered: April 2, 2008
Posts: 359
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Has anyone tried Potassium Citrate mixture? It makes urine less acidic and you take it in water after meals. I'm giving it a go and hope it works, im in so much pain!

DawnCOB

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Registered: Dec 2, 2003
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Originally Posted by madeline13

Has anyone tried Potassium Citrate mixture? It makes urine less acidic and you take it in water after meals. I'm giving it a go and hope it works, im in so much pain!


I find Pot cit helpful when I am in a bad flare. Hope it helps...

best wishes

Dawn
lancaster

Registered: Jan 21, 2008
Posts: 300
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Is there anything a home you can use to test your urine for acidity?

maz451

Registered: Feb 16, 2008
Posts: 696
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For just acidity you could use plain litmus paper. I've bought (ordered from Boots at the sum of £13.94!!) a box of dipstix (made by Bayer)There's 25 in the box and it tests for everything - leucocytes, nitrates,ph,spec grav,blood,glucose,protein and possibly something else that I've forgotten!! Remember though that these dipstix are very sensitive and may give slightly false elevated readings so don't be unduly alarmed! But they are a good indication of when you should take a sample in to your gp for lab testing! Hope this helps!

maryleonie

Registered: Feb 26, 2007
Posts: 10
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Hi I use Sodium Citrate as against the Potassium Citrate as I find the former more effective for me. But it is short term relief.

I really struggle with the condition.
Sue45

Registered: Jan 9, 2008
Posts: 222
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Two things... Maz, I got a pharmacy (might have been a numark one) to order me some litmus sticks, and paid only £3.25 for 200!
The other thing is sodium citrate, which I use quite frequently to reduce acidity... I get Cystocalm from Poundland which is a lot cheaper than any other brand.  It says not to exceed the stated dose of 6 sachets over 2 days but I often do.  Does anyone know of a problem with doing this?
maz451

Registered: Feb 16, 2008
Posts: 696
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I know litmus sticks are cheap - but the others I got weren't!! 

StephsMum

Registered: Nov 13, 2007
Posts: 248
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Hi Sue45 - yes, please dont take more than the stated dose - to make your urine change its pH (acidity) any medicine has to go through your blood stream to get there. It will to some extent change the acidity of your blood too- NOT healthy!! Your blood has to work within very fine limits. Blood can cope happily with recomended levels of urinary changing meds, but not much more!
Oh, and the normal pH of urine is always slightly acidic (about 6.5) just like blood, so blue litmus sticks will nearly always go red even if you make the urine less acidic, say 6.8. (7 is neutral).
maz451

Registered: Feb 16, 2008
Posts: 696
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Hi Caroline! I had always been taught that the normal pH of urine is 5.5 or thereabouts - was this wrong?? M.

StephsMum

Registered: Nov 13, 2007
Posts: 248
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You've made me go back to my old text books to look that one up!  OK. Got it. Anything between pH5 (QUITE acid for IC-ers!!!!) and pH7 is accepted as the normal range for urine, with pH6 tending to be the average for folks with no illness.  Please forgive my previous info not being quite right! Thanks Maz for making me check it out!! Its important!

lancaster

Registered: Jan 21, 2008
Posts: 300
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So is it worth trying litmus sticks if they show acidity anyway, will that make you concerned that you have too much acidity when in fact it is a normal amount?

maz451

Registered: Feb 16, 2008
Posts: 696
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No probs - but, as you say, it is quite important! I agree that litmus paper is not much use - if you really need to know your urine pH then I would recommend investing in the Bayer dipstix which will give you and accurate reading. Although they're quite expensive, you do get 25 and it's not something you should use every day. I think it's impotant not to get to obsessive about these things and use them sparingly when necessary only! M.

maz451

Registered: Feb 16, 2008
Posts: 696
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Yes it will lancaster - see my answer to Caroline above! M.

StephsMum

Registered: Nov 13, 2007
Posts: 248
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Hi Lancaster! Mmm your choice really. I think that the trouble might be that someone could spend ages worrying about changing the pH of the urine when it may or may not change the symptoms. Lots of people on here look at it another way.  If eating something causes discomfort, they wont eat it again. If they drink lots of water, the acid becomes more dilute.  If pain and symptoms are helped by eating/not eating something,  then that may be the way to go rather than checking the urine.  A food that doesn't cause you any pain problems may make your urine more acidic! 
sooty

Registered: July 15, 2007
Posts: 845
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Yes, I agree with Caroline.  For example lemons are supposed to make urine more alkaline, but if I were to eat any I would be in agony.  I think it is handy to have the urine testing sticks, so that if your symptoms change you can just check out to seee if you have an infection or not. 
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