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All about: Potassium Iodide Drops

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Generic Name: Potassium Iodide Drops (poe-TASS-ee-uhm EYE-oh-dide)
Brand Name: SSKI

Potassium Iodide Drops is used for:

Treating lung conditions or disease in which mucus complicates the condition (eg, emphysema, bronchial asthma, bronchitis). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Potassium Iodide Drops is an expectorant. It works by thinning mucous secretions (phlegm) in the lungs and making it less sticky. The mucus is easier to cough up. This reduces chest congestion, which helps make your coughs more productive.

Do NOT use Potassium Iodide Drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Potassium Iodide Drops
  • you have iodine poisoning, Addison disease, kidney disease, lung disease, a skin disorder, stomach disorders, tuberculosis, or a history of preexisting thyroid disease
  • you are taking potassium sparing diuretics (eg, spironolactone) or potassium supplements

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Potassium Iodide Drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Potassium Iodide Drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have an overactive thyroid

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Potassium Iodide Drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Lithium because side effects of Potassium Iodide Drops may be increased
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, captopril), aldosterone blockers (eg, eplerenone), or potassium sparing diuretics (eg, spironolactone) because serious side effects, including high blood potassium and irregular heartbeat, may occur

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Potassium Iodide Drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Potassium Iodide Drops:

Use Potassium Iodide Drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Potassium Iodide Drops may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Dilute each dose in a glass (8 oz/240 mL) of water or fruit juice before taking.
  • Use the dropper that comes with Potassium Iodide Drops to measure your dose. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If you miss a dose of Potassium Iodide Drops, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Potassium Iodide Drops.

Important safety information:

  • Do not use a salt substitute or a potassium supplement without checking with your doctor.
  • Stop taking Potassium Iodide Drops and contact your health care provider if any of the following signs of iodine poisoning occur: burning of the mouth or throat; severe headache; metallic taste in mouth; soreness of the teeth and gums; irritation of the eyes with swelling of the eyelids; increased salivation.
  • Caution is advised when using Potassium Iodide Drops in CHILDREN because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Potassium Iodide Drops may cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Potassium Iodide Drops during pregnancy. Potassium Iodide Drops is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Potassium Iodide Drops.

Possible side effects of Potassium Iodide Drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Acne; diarrhea; loss of appetite; nausea; upset stomach; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; confusion; fever; irregular heartbeat; metallic taste in the mouth; mouth sores; numbness or tingling of the hands or feet; skin rash; stomach pains; swelling in the neck or throat; unusual tiredness; weakness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include burning of the mouth or throat; muscle weakness; severe headache; soreness of teeth or gums; swelling; irregular heartbeat.

Proper storage of Potassium Iodide Drops:

Store Potassium Iodide Drops at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Potassium Iodide Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Potassium Iodide Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Potassium Iodide Drops is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Potassium Iodide Drops. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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