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General Information on Iodine

Generic Name : Iodine

Pronunciation : io-dine

Latest prescription information about Iodine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Thyroid And Antithyroid Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Iodine

Why is Iodine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an essential mineral, prescribed as a nutrient, antiseptic, thyroid agent and expectorant.  

When should Iodine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in pregnant women and known hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category D :

There is an evidence of fetal risk based on adverse reaction data, but potential benefits may allow the drug to be used in pregnant women despite risks.

What is the dosage of Iodine?

Adult- The recommended dose is 150 mcg/day.
Child- The recommended dose is 90 to 120mcg/day.
Topical: Ointment/Gel- Apply as directed by your physician.

How should Iodine be taken?

It comes as a liquid to take by mouth, with or without food.
It also comes as a solution for topical application.

What are the warnings and precautions for Iodine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart, liver diseases, tuberculosis, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Avoid abrupt withdrawal.

What are the side effects of Iodine?

   Heart : Irregular heart beat.
   Central Nervous System : Confusion and unusual tiredness.
   Skin : Pimples and rash.
   ENT : Swelling of neck, throat or salivary glands.
   Gastrointestinal : Bleeding.
   Metabolic : Thyroid gland enlargement.
   Miscellaneous : Fever, allergic reactions, pain or weakness in hands or feet.

What are the other precautions for Iodine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Iodine?

Store it at room temperature.

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