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sodium iodide (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using sodium iodide (Iodopen)?

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

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before using sodium iodide, tell your doctor if you have:

  • kidney disease;
  • tuberculosis;
  • a blood vessel disorder such as vasculitis (swelling of your blood vessels);
  • a goiter; or
  • a thyroid disorder (unless you are being treated for thyroid disorder 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.

Sodium iodide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use sodium iodide (Iodopen)?

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Sodium iodide injection is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be shown how to use your medicine at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles, IV tubing, and other items used in giving the medicine.

Use each disposable needle only one time. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.

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.

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

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