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What Is Potassium Iodide
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can I use potassium iodide to get rid of an internal hordeolum? If so, do I apply it right to the eyelid?
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Hyperkalemia: Because the kidneys are able to excrete potassium well, high potassium level in the blood is rare in patients with normal kidney function. High blood potassium level can result in patients with reduced kidney function in certain settings (excessive potassium intake, cell/tissue death, or shift of potassium from intracelluar to extracellular compartment). ...Read more
Lowering potassium: The question you should be asking is: why is my potassium (k) high? You need to see a nephrologist (n) and have a 24 hour urine collection so your kidney function can be assessed accurately. You will also need some blood work to what your k level is. Causes of high k can be addison's disease or chronic kidney disease, among others. See a n to get a better answer to your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prescription only: Over the counter potassium pills are very weak to make a dent in significantly low potassium. Only prescriptions are effective and need to be followed with blood testing to prevent under or overdosing - both are dangerous. Potassium rich diet is also weak. It includes potatoes, tomato sauce/paste, bananas, oranges, and squash. There are meds that make you retain potassium from being lost in urine. ...Read more
Reducing potassium: First, eliminate high potassium foods from diet, tomato, potato, citrus, peaches, melons, pomegranate are a few. An oral purgative is available, a resin. Diuretic therapy also eliminates potassium. And make sure no meds are being taken that contain potassium or that might elevate potassium, such as ACE INHIBITORS, BETA BLOCKERS, ANGIOTENSIN BLOCKERS. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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