Shohl's Solution (Modified)
Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018
Uses of Shohl's Solution:
- It is used to treat high acid levels in the blood.
- It is used to lower acid levels in the urine.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Shohl's Solution?
- If you have an allergy to sodium citrate, citric acid, or any other part of Shohl's Solution (Modified) (sodium citrate and citric acid).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Fluid loss (dehydrated), heat cramps, high potassium levels, a certain problem that causes periods of muscle weakness (adynamia episodica hereditaria), kidney disease, heart disease, unable to pass urine, or untreated Addison's disease.
- If you are on a low-salt or salt-free diet.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Shohl's Solution (Modified) (sodium citrate and citric acid).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Shohl's Solution (Modified) (sodium citrate and citric acid) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Shohl's Solution?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Shohl's Solution (Modified) (sodium citrate and citric acid). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Shohl's Solution (Modified) (sodium citrate and citric acid) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Shohl's Solution) best taken?
Use Shohl's Solution (Modified) (sodium citrate and citric acid) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take after meals and at bedtime.
- Do not take aluminum products at the same time as Shohl's Solution (Modified) (sodium citrate and citric acid). Talk with your doctor.
- Shake well before use.
- Mix with water as you have been told before drinking.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with Shohl's Solution (Modified) (sodium citrate and citric acid). If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure Shohl's Solution (Modified) (sodium citrate and citric acid).
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
What are some other side effects of Shohl's Solution?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Shohl's Solution?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Shohl's Solution (Modified) (sodium citrate and citric acid), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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