WARNING: Use only as directed by a Health Official or Physician. To be used in the event of a nuclear radiation emergency only.
Supplement Facts: Serving Size: 1 Tablet, Servings per Container: 14
Amount per Serving %DV
Iodine (as potassium iodide) 99 mg 66,000%
Potassium Iodide 130 mg *
See warnings and proper dosing information under Technical Info
* Daily Value (DV) not established
DV is based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Other Ingredients: Lactose, Magnesium Stearate
Potassium Iodide 130
14 Tablets per bottle
WARNING: Use only as directed by Health Official or Physician. This is to be used in the event of a nuclear radiation emergency only. Potassium Iodide 130 protects only the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine.
INDICATIONS: Potassium Iodide 130 is a thyroid blocking supplement that is used in a nuclear radiation emergency. The thyroid gland, which will use any iodine that is in a person’s bloodstream, cannot tell the difference between radioactive and non-radioactive forms of iodine.
Because of this, the thyroid would rapidly absorb radioactive iodine just as it does iodine from a person’s diet. The radioactive iodine releases energy (radiation) that, in high concentrations, can damage the cells of the thyroid gland. In some people, especially young children, this damage can cause thyroid cancer or other diseases of the thyroid within a few years of the exposure.
WHO SHOULD USE IODINE: Children are the most susceptible to the dangerous effects of radioactive iodine. The FDA and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend that children from newborn to 18 years of age all take Potassium Iodide unless they have a known allergy to iodine.
Women who are breastfeeding should also take Potassium Iodide, according to the FDA and WHO, to protect both themselves and their breast milk. However, breastfeeding infants should still be given the recommended dosage of Potassium Iodide 130 to protect them from any radioactive iodine that they may breathe in or drink in breast milk.
Young adults between the ages of 18 and 40 have a smaller chance of developing thyroid cancer or thyroid disease from exposure to radioactive iodine than do children. However, the FDA and WHO still recommend that people ages 18 to 40 take the recommended dose of Potassium Iodide. This includes pregnant and breast-feeding women, who should take the same dose as other young adults.
Adults over the age of 40 have the smallest chance of developing thyroid cancer or thyroid disease after an exposure to radioactive iodine, but they have a greater chance of having an allergic reaction to the high dose of iodine in Potassium Iodide. Because of this, they are not recommended to take Potassium Iodide unless a very large dose of radioactive iodine is expected. People should listen to emergency management officials for recommendations after an incident.
WHO SHOULD NOT USE IODINE: The high concentration of iodine in Potassium Iodide 130 can be harmful to some people. People should not take Potassium Iodide 130 if they:
• Have ever had thyroid disease (such as hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, or goiter).
• Know they are allergic to iodine (as in x-ray dye or shellfish).
• Have certain skin disorders (such as dermatitis herpetiformis or urticaria vasculitis).
DOSING: Take Potassium Iodide 130 once every 24 hours or as directed by public health officials. Do not take more than one dose in 24 hours as more will not help you. Too much Potassium Iodide may increase the chances of side effects because the thyroid gland can only hold certain amounts of iodine.
Tablets can be crushed and mixed with water, juice, milk, applesauce, formula, etc...
MAKING A POTASSIUM IODIDE MIXTURE: For children and infants who either have difficulty swallowing or are too young and require liquids, please follow these simple instructions below.
1. Place on Potassium Iodide 130 tablet in a small ceramic or metal bowl, and with the back of a metal spoon crush it into a fine powder. The powder should not have any large pieces.
2. Add 4 teaspoons of water to the powder in the bowl and mix until the powder is dissolved.
3. Take the water mixture from step two and mix it with 4 teaspoons of juice, milk, applesauce, pureed baby food, formula, etc...
This is the amount to give your child for one single dose in teaspoons (not tablespoons). You should give your child one dose each day as recommended by public health officials.
Vinco’s Liposomal Liquid Iodine is also available for those who would rather not go through the trouble of crushing and mixing tablets. It contains 12.5 mg of iodine per dropper full (equal to 16.25 mg of Potassium Iodide), and has a pleasant mint flavor. Graduated markings on the pipette make it easy to control specific dose amounts.
PREGNANT WOMEN - Take as directed and call a doctor as soon as possible. Repeat dosing should be avoided Although these precautions should be taken, the benefits of short-term use of Potassium Iodide 130 to block the uptake of radioactive iodine by the thyroid gland far exceeds its chances of side effects.
SIDE EFFECTS: Short-term use of Potassium Iodide 130 at the recommended dose is safe. You should not take this for longer than you are told.
Possible side effects include: swelling of the salivary glands, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach ache, fever, headache, metallic taste in mouth, and allergic reaction.
Allergic reactions include: skin rashes such as hives; swelling of various parts of the body such as face, lips, tongue, throat, hands or feet; fever with joint pain; trouble breathing, speaking or swallowing; wheezing or shortness of breath. Get medical attention right away if you have trouble breathing, speaking, or swallowing; wheezing; shortness of breath; or swelling of the mouth, tongue or throat.
Taking iodine, in rare cases, may cause overactivity of the thyroid gland, underactivity of the thyroid gland or enlargement of the thyroid gland (goiter). Symptoms of an overactive thyroid gland may include an irregular heart beat and chest pain. Patients with thyroid disease are more likely to get these side effects. Babies under 1 month of age are more likely to get an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
Stop taking Potassium Iodide 130 and call a doctor if you have one or more of the following symptoms: swelling of the face; fever and joint pain; skin rash.
Stop taking Potassium Iodide 130 and get medical help if you have one or more of the following symptoms: trouble breathing, speaking, or swallowing; shortness of breath or wheezing; swelling of the lips, tongue or throat; irregular heart beat or chest pain.