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Brand Names: Iodopen

Generic Name: sodium iodide (Pronunciation: SOE dee um EYE oh dide)

What is sodium iodide (Iodopen)?

Sodium iodide is a salt that is formed into an injectable medicine.

Sodium iodide is used to treat or prevent iodine deficiency caused by poor nutrition or poor absorption by the body.

Sodium iodide may also be used to treat a thyroid disorder.

Sodium iodide may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of sodium iodide (Iodopen)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • swollen glands or swelling in your throat;
  • severe headache;
  • fast, pounding, or uneven heart rate;
  • feeling short of breath; or
  • numbness, burning, pain, or tingly feeling in your hands or feet.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • unusual or unpleasant taste or burning in your mouth or throat;
  • heartburn;
  • mild skin rash or itching;
  • tender gums, tooth pain, mouth soreness;
  • weakness; or
  • changes in your menstrual periods.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about sodium iodide (Iodopen)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to sodium iodide.

Before using sodium iodide, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, tuberculosis, a blood vessel disorder, a goiter, or a thyroid disorder that is not being treated with sodium iodide.

This medication may cause thyroid problems in an unborn baby, but the medication may sometimes be used during pregnancy. Your doctor should determine whether or not this medication is safe or if it will harm the unborn baby. Before you use sodium iodide, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Serious side effects include swollen glands or swelling in your throat, severe headache, fast or pounding heart rate, feeling short of breath, or numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet.

Sodium iodide may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes a special diet. It is very important to follow the diet plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor. You should become very familiar with the list of foods you must eat to help control your condition.

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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