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potassium iodide (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking potassium iodide (Pima)?

Before taking potassium iodide, talk to your doctor if you have

  • a history of previous allergic reaction to iodide, iodine, or other medicines;
  • Addison's disease;
  • dehydration;
  • a high level of potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia);
  • cystic fibrosis;
  • tuberculosis;
  • thyroid problems;
  • goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland); or
  • kidney problems.

You may not be able to take potassium iodide, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.

Potassium iodide is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that it is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take potassium iodide without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Potassium iodide passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take potassium iodide without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take potassium iodide (Pima)?

Take potassium iodide exactly as directed. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to explain them to you.

To ensure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

Take the oral solution with water or another beverage as directed by your doctor.

It is important to take potassium iodide regularly to get the most benefit.

Your doctor may want you to have blood tests or other medical evaluations during treatment with potassium iodide to monitor progress and side effects.

Store potassium iodide at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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