Potassium Iodide
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Potassium Iodide?

(poe TASS ee um EYE oh dide)

• This medicine is used to treat an overactive thyroid gland.

• This medicine is used to prevent thyroid cancer from radiation exposure.

• This medicine is used to thin secretions so they can be removed from the body by coughing.

• This medicine may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with healthcare provider.

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• If you have lung disease, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have myotonia congenital or tuberculosis, talk with healthcare provider.

• Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine and for 1 month after stopping this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• Rash.

• Abnormal taste. This is usually reversible.

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

• Feeling tired or weak.

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