GENERIC NAME: IODINE, STRONG - ORAL (EYE-oh-dine)
USES: This medication contains iodine and potassium iodide. It is used along with antithyroid medicines to prepare the thyroid gland for surgical removal and to treat certain overactive thyroid conditions (hyperthyroidism, thyroid storm). It works by shrinking the size of the thyroid gland and by decreasing the amount of thyroid hormones the body makes.This medication may also be used to protect the thyroid gland after radioactive iodine treatment or in a radiation exposure emergency. In such cases, this product blocks the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine, protecting it from damage and reducing the risk of thyroid cancer. In a radiation exposure emergency, use this medication along with other emergency measures that will be recommended to you by public health and safety officials (e.g., finding safe shelter, evacuation, controlling food supply).This medication may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor (e.g., treatment of iodine deficiency).
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth as directed. Use the dropper that comes with the bottle to measure the correct dose. To improve the taste, mix the dose in a full glass (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) of water, milk, formula, or juice before taking. To decrease stomach upset, take this medication after meals or with food. Do not use this medication if it turns brownish-yellow.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or take it for longer than prescribed or recommended because of the increased risk of side effects.In a radiation emergency, take this drug only when public health and safety officials tell you to do so. Start treatment as soon as possible for the best protection. The length of treatment will be determined by public health and safety officials.If so directed, use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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