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Potassium Iodide

Potassium Iodide

General Information

Potassium Iodide is used:

  • To loosen and break up mucus in the airways
  • Along with anti-thyroid medicine to prepare the thyroid gland for surgical removal
  • Treat certain overactive thyroid
  • To protect the thyroid in a radiation exposure emergency

How does Potassium Iodide work?

Some forms of this medicine help your thyroid gland work right. Most people get the iodine they need from foods like fish or iodized salt. The thyroid may ‘store’ or hold only a certain amount of iodine.

In a radiation exposure emergency, radioactive iodine may be released into the air. It may be breathed or swallowed and may enter the thyroid gland and harm it. The damage will probably not show itself for several years. Potassium Iodide will block or lessen the chance that radioactive iodine will be in your thyroid gland.

In breaking-up mucus and loosening it, Potassium Iodide helps you cough up the mucus. If you have long-term lung problems, this will let you breathe more easily.

Why use Potassium Iodide?

Potassium Iodide is a mineral required by the body. This is involved in the production of the thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine, and thyroxine. These hormones play an essential role in the regulation of metabolism. Potassium Iodide also has a vital part in mental and physical development. This is available as a 130 mg tablet for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this prescription.

How to use Potassium Iodide?

This product is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. Potassium Iodide is usually taken once a day or as directed. Drink plenty of fluids while using this medication. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking each dose.

The dosage is based on your condition, age, weight, and response. Don’t forget to take the medicine at the same time every day. You should not take Potassium Iodide more than it is prescribed.

What are the side-effects of Potassium Iodide?

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach ache
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swelling of the salivary glands

Allergic reactions may occur such as:

  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat
  • Fever with joint pain
  • Hives
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble speaking, swallowing or breathing

Warnings and Precautions

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first.
  • Inform your doctor if you have current medications or medical history.
  • This prescription may have an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction. Tell your doctor if you have any allergies.
  • Keep this far from the reach of children or pets.