Potassium iodide is used to loosen and break up mucus in the airways. If you have persistent lung troubles, this assists you in expelling the mucus from your lungs, making it simpler for you to take breaths (such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema). An expectorant is the name given to this type of drug.
Potassium iodide is frequently used in conjunction with antithyroid medications for the purposes of preparing the thyroid gland for surgical removal, treating certain overactive thyroid conditions (hyperthyroidism), and protecting the thyroid in the event of an emergency involving exposure to radiation.
It works by shrinking the size of the thyroid gland and decreasing the amount of thyroid hormones produced.
In a radiation emergency, potassium iodide blocks only the thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine, protecting it from damage and reducing the risk of thyroid cancer.
Use this medication along with other emergency measures that will be recommended to you by public health and safety officials (such as finding safe shelter, evacuation, controlling food supply).
How to use Potassium Iodide Solution
Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) as directed by your doctor or public health and safety officials. Take this medicine either after meals or with food to prevent stomach problems.
Drink plenty of liquids with this medication unless otherwise directed. After taking the tablets, you should wait at least ten minutes before lying down. This prescription may cause you to feel drowsy.
If you are using the drops or liquid medication, use the dropper that comes with the bottle or a medication spoon/device to measure the correct dose.
Before consuming, you can dilute the liquid versions of this product by mixing them with liquids such as water, milk, juice, or baby formula. If the solution has turned a brownish-yellow color, you should not use this drug.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. When it comes to children, dosage is also determined by age. A higher risk of adverse effects is associated with increasing your dose, taking it more frequently, or taking it for a longer period of time than is prescribed or suggested. Avoid doing any of these things.
In a radiation emergency, take this drug only when public health and safety officials tell you to do so. It is important that you read the Patient Information Leaflet that is included with your medication.
Start treatment as soon as possible for the best protection. You should take this medication as directed once per 24 hours, on average. The length of therapy will be decided by officials responsible for public health and safety, and it will be based on a number of different variables.
(such as whether you continue to be exposed to the radiation, and whether you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or have a newborn baby). Please also refer to the Precautions.
If so directed, use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Take it at the same time every day so that you don’t forget when you’re supposed to.