Iodine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Checked by S. Hemamalini
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Information about Iodine

Generic Name : Iodine
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Iodine are provided here.
Pronunciation : io-dine
Learn the correct pronunciation of the Iodine, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.
Therapeutic Classification : Thyroid And Antithyroid Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Iodine

India : 


International : 

Iodine Tincture, Iodopen, Iosat, Pima, SSKI, ThyroSafe, ThyroShield

Why is Iodine Prescribed? (Indications)

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


When should Iodine not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in pregnant women and known hypersensitivity.

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 for Iodine?

Store it at room temperature.

Last Updated : August 11, 2022

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