Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
GENERIC NAME: Potassium iodide
BRAND NAME: SSKI, Pima syrup, ThyroSafe, ThyroShield.
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Potassium iodide is a iodine-containing liquid that is used to protect the thyroid gland and to loosen secretions in the lungs (expectorant) so that they can be more easily coughed up (expectorated). Procedures that involve the use of radioactive iodine can damage the thyroid gland because the gland accumulates iodine. Non-radioactive potassium iodide can protect the thyroid gland by blocking uptake of radioactive iodine into the thyroid gland. Potassium iodide works as an expectorant by increasing secretion of thinner mucus by the lungs.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
PREPARATIONS: Tablet: 65 and 130 mg. Solution: 65 and 325 mg/5 ml. Concentrated Solution: 1 g/ml
STORAGE: Potassium iodide should be stored between 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F). The solution should be kept in a tightly closed bottle protected from light.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Potassium iodide is commonly used to protect the thyroid gland from injury due to radiation. Potassium iodide also is used as an expectorant in acute and chronic pulmonary diseases with excessive mucus.
Adults and children over 12 years of age and weight 150 lbs or greater:
Prevention of thyroid gland injury due to radiation:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/6/2014
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