Cital 100ml Syrup: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects & Price

What is Cital Syrup?

Used mainly to prevent or treat allergic conditions like burning micturition in UTIs, kidney stones, etc. Excessive urine production, fatigue are the common and major side effects at high repetitive doses. It should be totally avoided in case of heart, liver and kidney problems.

Also Read in Hindi: About Cital
Cital Composition: Disodium hydrogen citrate 1.37/5ml.
Manufactured By: Indoco Remedies Limited
Prescription: Not required as it is available as OTC (over the counter) drug.
Form: Syrup.
Price: Rs 74.60 for 100ml bottle.
Expiry/Shelf Life: 24 months from the date of manufacturing
Type of Drug: 
Buffering agent.

Uses of Cital

Cital serves a great purpose in the prevention or treatment of the following conditions:

  • Renal Calculi: Used in cases of patients with renal calculi (kidney stones).
  • Acidosis: Used to treat and manage increased acid production in the urine.
  • Burning micturition: Used to treat cases of burning micturition in cases of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).
  • Gout: In cases of Gout as it decreases the chance of uric acid stones in a nascent stage of uricosuric therapy.
  • Antioxidant: Used as an antioxidant also.

How does Cital work?

  • Cital contains Disodium hydrogen citrate as its main active ingredient.
  • Disodium hydrogen citrate is a base and it acts like buffer inside the body and helps to remove or neutralize the excess acid inside the urine or blood.

How to take Cital?

  • Cital is available in the form of Liquid or syrup, usually taken orally with a glass of water, with or after food.
  • Take the syrup with or after food as it helps in better absorption of the drug.
  • Evenly spaced time intervals between two doses should be maintained.
  • The dose should not be altered in any form without the proper guidance of the doctor.
  • It is advisable to go through the leaflet inside the drug package for better understanding about the Do’s and don’ts of the drug.

Common Dosage for Cital

  • Cital dosage can be decided by the doctor for every individual as per: Age, Weight, Mental status, Allergic history and Health status of the patient.
  • Usually recommended dose for an adult in case of kidney stone is 2 tablespoon 2-3 times a day but it may vary depending on the case.
  • Dose alteration should be avoided without proper medical consultation.

Q. What happens if I overdose on Cital?

An overdose of Cital can cause serious undesirable effects. Always adhere to the prescribed dose only and in case of overdose, immediately inform the doctor or trained medical staff.

Q. What happens if I miss a dose of Cital?

The dose prescribed by the doctor should never be missed and if missed, it should be consumed always as soon as you remember it. But, avoid taking a double dose if it’s already time for the second dose after that as it may lead to an overdose of the drug

Q. What happens if I eat expired Cital?

Expired Cital Syrup might not exhibit effects or any undesirable effects. However, one should abstain from consuming the expired drug.

Q. Onset time of Cital Syrup and till when does the effect of Cital syrup stays?

The effect of Cital can be seen within the first few days of starting the therapy. Time is taken by the drug to show its effect may vary with every individual patient. Complete prescribe dose should be taken.

When to Avoid Cital?

Do not Consume Cital if:

  • Allergy: In cases of patients with known allergy to any of its constituents.
  • Infection: In cases of patients with a severe bacterial infection
  • Blood pressure: In cases of high BP, patients with high sodium levels in the blood.
  • Kidney disorders: In patients with decreased urine output, severe kidney disorders.
  • Heart problems: If cases of the known history of high blood potassium levels, congestive heart failure, heart disease are there

Precautions While Taking Cital:

  • Allergy: In case of any allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately.
  • Dose alteration: Don’t alter/Change the schedule of the dose as per your own convenience.
  • Dose administration: Cital should be taken preferably with or after food for better absorption.

Warnings When Taking Cital

  • There should be the equally spaced time interval between two doses.
  • It is advisable to strictly adhere to the prescribed dose.

Side-Effects of Cital:

The side effects associated with Cital are:

  • Nausea (Common)
  • Vomiting, (less common)
  • Stomach pain, (less common)
  • Gas in the stomach, (Common)
  • Excessive production of urine, (Common)
  • Ulcers in the stomach, (less common)
  • Tiredness, (Common)
  • Fatigue, (less common)
  • Anxiety (Common)
  • Headache. (less common)

Are There Any Reported Allergic Reactions to Cital?

  • In case of any allergic signs like
    • Breathing difficulty
    • Swelling of the face, lip
    • Rashes
  • Immediate medical help should be taken in case of any above signs appear.

What are the effects of Cital on organs?

Cital should be used with caution in patients with liver impairment as it can affect the liver.

Drug Interactions to be Careful About

It is always advisable to be careful of a certain drug to drug or drug to food interactions when consuming Cital. Always be aware of the food items, other drugs or lab tests while consuming Cital. We explore these n details below.

1. Food Interactions with Cital

Excess consumption of juice to be avoided.

2. Medicines Interactions with Cital

All the potential drug interactions might not be listed here. It is always advisable that the patient must inform the physician about of all the drugs/products you use. You must notify the doctor about the herbal products that you are currently consuming. You should never alter the drug regimen without your doctor’s approval.

The common drug interactions have been noticed with the following drugs:

  • Steroid medications (mild)
  • Methotrexate (moderate)
  • Ephedrine (mild)
  • Amphetamines (moderate)
  • Potassium-depleting diuretics (mild)
  • Quinidine (moderate)
  • Salicylates (mild)
  • Tetracyclines (mild)

3. Effects of Cital on Lab Tests

Cital doesn’t affect any lab tests as such.

4. Cital’s interactions with Pre-existing Conditions/Diseases

Heart, liver or kidney diseases.

Q. Can I have Cital with alcohol?

No, as consuming alcohol with Cital can cause increased acid production and it may worsen the condition. The doctor should always be consulted before taking alcohol with Cital.

Q. Any particular food item to be avoided?

Excessive intake of juices to be avoided.

Q. Can I have Cital when pregnant?

No, it should be avoided in pregnancy unless stated otherwise by the doctor. Always inform the doctor before taking Cital in cases of pregnancy or if you’re planning to conceive for case-specific recommendations.

Q. Can I have Cital when feeding a baby?

Lactating mothers should use it only when necessary and the drug should be used with caution under the doctor’s guidance.

Q. Can I drive after taking Cital?

Yes, Cital does not affect the ability to drive. Although, driving or operating heavy machinery should be avoided in such cases after 24 hours of taking the drug.

Buyer’s Guide – Cital Composition, Variant and Price

 Cital VariantsCital CompositionCital Price
Cital UTI 100ml SyrupCranberry extract 200mg + D-mannose 300mg + Potassium-magnesium citrate 978mg/15mlRs. 164S for 1 pack
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Substitutes of Cital

The following are alternative drugs for Cital:

  • Citracare 100ml Syrup:
    • Manufactured by – MHS Pharmaceuticals.
    • Price – Rs. 34
  • Alkel 100ml Syrup:
    • Manufactured by – Alkem Laboratories Ltd.
    • Price – Rs. 60.5
  • Alkasol 100ml Syrup:
    • Manufactured by – Stadmed.
    • Price – Rs. 86.55
  • Alkasit 100ml Syrup:
    • Manufactured by – Ortin Laboratories Ltd.
    • Price – Rs. 45

Storage requirements for Cital

  • Store the Cital at a dry, moisture free place away from direct heat or sunlight at a temperature below 25OC
  • Keep it at a place away from children’s reach.
  • Avoid freezing the medicine

FAQs – 10 Questions Answered about Cital

Q. What is Cital?

Ans. Cital is a buffering drug that contains Disodium hydrogen citrate as its main active ingredient and is used to treat acidosis and UTIs etc.

Q. How effective it is/ How long does it take for Cital to show results?

Ans. The effect of Cital can be seen within first few days of starting the therapy. Although, time taken by the drug to show its effect may vary with every patient.

Q. Should Cital be taken on an empty stomach?

Ans.  Cital should not be taken empty stomach as it can lead to gastric irritation and delayed drug absorption.

Q. Does Cital make you drowsy?

Ans. Yes, Cital may cause drowsiness/ sleepiness in few cases but it varies with every individual.

Q. What should be the time gap between the consumption of 2 Cital doses?

Ans. Ideal time gap of 4-6 hours should be there between two doses.

Q. Should I complete the whole cycle of the medicine even if cured?

Ans. Cital should be consumed as prescribed by the doctor and in case of any severity of symptoms, immediate medical help or consultation should be taken.

And the doctor should be the one to decide when and how to stop the cycle of Cital.

Q. Does Cital effect my menstrual cycle?

Ans.  No, it generally doesn’t affect the menstrual cycle but one should always consult the doctor in case of pre-existing menstrual problems before consuming the drug

Q. Is Cital safe for children?

Ans. Cital should not be administered in children without proper consultation and recommendation by the Paediatrician.

Q. Are there any symptoms that I should consider before taking Cital?

Ans.  Any liver disorder, pregnancy or allergic reactions are to be taken into consideration before taking Cital.

Ans. Yes, it is legal in India.

Disclaimer – The information provided above is to the best of our research and knowledge. However, you are recommended to consult a physician before consuming the drug.

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Dr. Pradeep Choudhary
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