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How does potassium iodide come (KI pills, liquid, capsules), and what is the dose for radiation?

How does potassium iodide come (KI pills, liquid, capsules), and what is the dose for radiation?

Pills for adults: Google "KI pills". BUT, read about adverse effects: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bernard_Le_Guen/publication/11987460_Iodine_kinetics_and_effectiveness_of_stable_iodine_prophylaxis_after_intake_of_radioactive_iodine_A_review/links/546f3c270cf216f8cfa9cc5c.pdf For dosing see: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/BioterrorismandDrugPreparedness/ucm072265.htm#products availa ...Read more

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Should I have potassium iodide at home in my emergency kit in case of a radiation leak or attack?

Should I have potassium iodide at home in my emergency kit in case of a radiation leak or attack?

Yes: It is not expensive and remains stable for an indefinite time. In case of radiation leak, a dose of it protects the thyroid. This is the most important concern, especially for children. Not likely you will ever need it, but it could become scarce in case of a nuclear emergency. ...Read more

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Can a person allergic to iodine still take potassium iodide?

Can a person allergic to iodine still take potassium iodide?

Yes.: This involves one of the most popular medical myths. If you are allergic to seafood, you are not allergic to iodine, contrary to very popular belief. (some doctors even have this misconception.) theoretically it is not possible to be allergic to elemental iodine or simple iodide salts (such as potassium iodide) at all. Iodine can cause a non-allergic reaction called iododerma, however. ...Read more

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What is the difference between potassium iodide and potassium gluconate?

What is the difference between potassium iodide and potassium gluconate?

Both potassium but..: Potassium iodide (ki) has potassium complexed with iodine but the other is complexed with gluconate. The former, ki, has more potassium than the latter by weight to weight comparison but it may cause more nausea. Potassium iodide has anti fungal properties and is used as supersaturated product for that (sski), potassium gluconate is frequently used over the counter to replace low potassium levels. ...Read more

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What is DEXA and potassium iodide and how do they effect the thyroid?

What is DEXA and potassium iodide and how do they effect the thyroid?

Dexa?iodide saturate: Not sure 'bout dexa (?Bone density scan?); ki is elemental iodine which is taken up by thyroid. Thyroid needs iodide to make thyroid hormone, but taking ki can cause either hyper- or hypo- thyroidism. Ki was used in japan after nuclear accident to keep people's thyroid from taking up radioactive iodine. ...Read more

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How long until a large dose of potassium iodide leaves the body? What is its half-life?

How long until a large dose of potassium iodide leaves the body? What is its half-life?

It's complicated : As per dr rhoads please contact your poisons centre or an emergency doctor licensed in the us. The iodine can have prolonged effects on the thyroid gland and so needs specific consultation urgently to get advice for your situation. ...Read more

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Can I use potassium iodide to get rid of an internal hordeolum? If so, do I apply it right to the eyelid?

Can I use potassium iodide to get rid of an internal hordeolum? If so, do I apply it right to the eyelid?

Well : Not a good idea see a primary care doctor optometrist or ophthalmologist for specific diagnosis and treatment should not really treat this yourself ...Read more

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Have severe stomach/gut pain at night. Started losartan potassium tab 25 mg 1x daily since 4/21.Blood prehad prostate cancer surgery &radiation 3 yrs?

Have severe stomach/gut pain at night. Started losartan potassium tab 25 mg 1x daily since 4/21.Blood prehad prostate cancer surgery &radiation 3 yrs?

Losartan and pain: The chances of your gut pain being due to your low dose of losartan (l) are pretty small. L is a drug of the angiotensin receptor blocker class (arb). Arb's are known to have very few adverse effects and abdominal pain is not one of them. See a physician for the cause of your pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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Plz suggst diet in in ?Sle wid high creat>3.5 persistantly, kindly giv chrt in cals wid low prot, n low potassium n significanc of phosphorous.

Plz suggst diet in in ?Sle wid high creat>3.5 persistantly, kindly giv chrt in cals wid low prot, n low potassium n significanc of phosphorous.

Talk to your doc: You really need to speak with your nephrologist and then be referred to a nutritionist for the best information that fits your situation. ...Read more

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Chronic bulimic, constantly in pain + swollen. Severely low potassium etc. Diarrohea is dark bloody n resembles coffee grounds. What can I do?

Chronic bulimic, constantly in pain + swollen. Severely low potassium etc. Diarrohea is dark bloody n resembles coffee grounds. What can I do?

See a Doctor: It sounds like you may have a gastrointestinal bleeding in addition to likely nutritional deficiency, salt and fluid imbalance. I would recommend that you seek urgent medical attention as blood loss and electrolyte imbalance can result in death. ...Read more

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How does potassium affect our health?

How does potassium affect our health?

K health: Too much you die, Not enough you die. Go go wikipedia for good discussion. ...Read more

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How does potassium benefit our health?

K: Too much you die.Too little you die. Go to wikipedia for good discussion. I specialize in K issues and happy to do 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Can taking potassium cause you to itch?

Can taking potassium cause you to itch?

No: It must be something else, unless you are allergic to the particular formulation of potassium you are taking. ...Read more

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How can one lower his potassium levels?

Eat less potassium: In food or by taking a diuretic to lose potassium via your kidneys. Also Kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) is a medication that allows you to waste more potassium via your bowels. ...Read more

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