Generic Name : Drug Sodium Iodide-i-131 Pronunciation : SOE-dee-um EYE-oh-dide I 131
International- Iodotope. Why it is prescribed (Indications) : This medication is a diagnostic agent, used to treat overactive thyroid gland and certain kinds of thyroid cancer. It irradiates the thyroid gland thereby damaging it. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): None.
Dosage & When it is to be taken : The suggested oral dosage ranges employed in the average patient (70 kg) for diagnostic procedures for thyroid function are as follows: Thyroid Uptake: 0.185 to 0.555 megabecquerels (5 to 15 microcuries) Scintiscanning:1.85 to 3.7 megabecquerels (50 to 100 microcuries) How it should be taken : It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, as directed by your physician. Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of asthma, diarrhea or vomiting, thyroid cancer, medullary or anaplastic, heart disease, kidney disease, geriatric, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Side Effects :
After treatment of overactive thyroid Symptoms of an under active thyroid- Changes in menstrual periods, clumsiness, cold, drowsiness, dry, puffy skin, headache, lack of interest, energy, muscle pain, thinning of the hair, unusual tiredness weight gain.
After treatment of cancer of the thyroid- Black tarry stools, blood in the urine or stools, cough, fever or chills, lower back pain, difficulty in swallowing or urination, unusual bleeding or bruising.
Miscellaneous - Sore throat, loss of taste, chest pain, fast heart rate, itching skin, rash and hives.
* Avoid excess dosage. Storage Conditions :
Store it at controlled room temperature (20-25°C).
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