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iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets, 130 mg (14 Tablets)
- 130 mg. potassium iodide per tablet
- 14 tablets per package
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- 130 mg. potassium iodide per tablet
- 14 tablets per package
How Potassium Iodide Works
Certain forms of iodine help your thyroid gland work right. Most people get the iodine they need from foods like iodized salt or fish. The thyroid can "store" or hold only a certain amount of iodine.
In a radiation emergency, radioactive iodine may be released in the air. This material may be breathed or swallowed. It may enter the thyroid gland and damage it. The damage would probably not show itself for years. Children are most likely to have thyroid damage.
If you take potassium iodide, it will fill up your thyroid gland. This reduces the chance that harmful radioactive iodine will enter the thyroid gland.
Who Should Not Take Potassium Iodide
The only people who should not take potassium iodide are people who know they are allergic to iodide. You may take potassium iodide even if you are taking medicines for a thyroid problem (for example, a thyroid hormone or antithyroid drug). Pregnant and nursing women and babies and children may also take this drug.
How And When To Take Potassium Iodide
Potassium iodide should be taken as soon as possible after public health officials tell you. You should take one dose every 24 hours. More will not help you because the thyroid can "hold" only limited amounts of iodine. Larger doses will increase the risk of side effects. You will probably be told not to take the drug for more than 10 days.
Usually side effects of potassium iodide happen when people take higher doses for a long time. You should be careful not to take more than the recommended dose or take it for longer than you are told. Side effects are unlikely because of the low dose and the short time you will be taking the drug.
Possible side effects include skin rashes, swelling of the salivary glands, and "iodism" (metallic taste, burning mouth and throat, sore teeth and gums, symptoms of a head cold, and sometimes stomach upset and diarrhea).
A few people have an allergic reaction with more serious symptoms. These could be fever and joint pains, or swelling of parts of the face or body and at times severe shortness of breath requiring immediate medical attention.
Taking iodide may rarely cause overactivity of the thyroid gland, underactivity of the thyroid gland, or enlargement of the thyroid gland (goiter).
What To Do If Side Effects Occur
If the side effects are severe or if you have an allergic reaction, stop taking potassium iodide. Then, if possible, call a doctor or public health authority for instructions.
IOSAT Tablets (Potassium Iodide Tablets, U.S.P.): packages of 14 tablets (NDC51803-001-01): Each white, round, scored tablet contains 130 mg. potassium iodide.
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I thought I'd post some basic information on Potassium Iodide as an emergency supplement:
The thyroid gland uptakes iodine from the bloodstream. Radioactive iodine is one of the most common of the radionuclides that may be released by nuclear fallout. If it is ingested or inhaled, the radioactive iodine will be taken up by the thyroid, greatly increasing the risk of thyroid cancer. To help avoid this, you want to saturate the body with a source of stable iodide. If the thyroid's iodine receptors are all "taken" by the non-radioactive iodide, the radioactive iodide will generally be excreted by the body.
The effectiveness of potassium iodide (KI) was proven after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. Some areas with heavy nuclear fallout after Chernobyl were NOT given potassium iodide supplements, and others were. Two decades later, studies show that the rate of thyroid cancer among populations given potassium iodide soon after the accident were the same as the rate among populations that were not affected by Chernobyl. However, populations that were affected by Chernobyl, but were not given the supplement, have shown epidemic experiences of thyroid cancer.
Note that potassium iodide cannot protect against any other causes of radiation poisoning.Read more ›
Adults older than 40 years should not take KI (potassium iodide) unless public health or emergency management officials say that contamination with a VERY LARGE dose of radioactive iodine is expected. (emphasis added)
*Adults older than 40 years have the lowest chance of developing thyroid cancer or thyroid injury after contamination with radioactive iodine.
*Adults older than 40 are more likely to have allergic reactions to or adverse effects from KI.
*Newborns from birth to 1 month of age should be given 16 mg (¼ of a 65 mg tablet or ¼ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing newborn infants.
*Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age should take 32 mg (½ of a 65 mg tablet OR ½ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing infants and children.
*Children between 3 and 18 years of age should take 65 mg (one 65 mg tablet OR 1 mL of solution). Children who are adult size (greater than or equal to 150 pounds) should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.
*Adults should take 130 mg (one 130 mg tablet OR two 65 mg tablets OR two mL of solution).
*Women who are breastfeeding should take the adult dose of 130 mg.
*Infants who receive more than a single dose of KI should have their thyroid hormone levels checked and monitored by a doctor.
*AVOID REPEAT DOSING OF KI TO NEWBORNS (emphasis provided by the CDC)
*Avoid repeat dosing with KI (potassium iodide) for pregnant and breastfeeding women and newborn infants.
Using Iodine isn't without risk, even in low doses as in water treatment.Read more ›
I emailed the company asking for a refund on the (3) packs I ordered. The company replied apologizing blaming it on their supplier. I was immediately issued a refund and told I did not have to return the tablets I have. I replied and said if they can guarantee tablets with un-expired dates printed on them that I would reorder from them. The reply I got was they could not guarantee that :/
So I would have to give a poor review for Universal-Sales' iSOAT Potassium Iodide product.
I would appreciate feedback from someone, who got un-expired tablets, about what comany they ordered from. I really want these tablets in my supplies.
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I obviously haven't used these...and hope I never need to. Perfect for our preparedness supplies! The packaging was great, easy directions, and a good price for peace of mind!Published 1 month ago by T. Lippke