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- What is potassium iodide-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for potassium iodide-oral?
- Is potassium iodide-oral available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for potassium iodide-oral?
- What are the side effects of potassium iodide-oral?
- What is the dosage for potassium iodide-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with potassium iodide-oral?
- Is potassium iodide-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about potassium iodide-oral?
What is the dosage for potassium iodide-oral?
Adults and children over 12 years of age and weight 150 lbs or greater:
- Prevention of thyroid gland injury due to radiation: 130 mg by mouth once dailywith a maximum of one dose per day.
- Expectorant: 300 – 600 mg by mouth every 6 to 8 hours.
Prevention of thyroid gland injury due to radiation:
- Infants of less than 1 month: 16.25 mg by mouth once daily. Maximum one dose per day.
- Infants of 1 month to children of 3 years of age: 32.5 mg by mouth once daily. Maximum one dose per day.
- Children of 3 to 12 years of age: 65 mg by mouth once daily. Maximum one dose per day.
Expectorant: 60 – 250 mg by mouth every 6 hours.
Which drugs or supplements interact with potassium iodide-oral?
Potassium iodide should not be given together with sodium iodide I-131 (radioactive iodide) that is being used to treat thyroid disease, because potassium iodide can prevent the absorption of sodium iodide I-131 into the thyroid gland. Potassium iodide should be discontinued at least 3 to 4 days prior to using sodium iodide I-131.
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