Potassium iodide has been used medically since at least 1820. KI (potassium iodide) is a salt of stable (not radioactive) iodine that can help block radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland, thus protecting this gland from radiation injury. The thyroid gland is the part of the body that is most sensitive to radioactive iodine.
- It is also used to treat skin sporotrichosis and phycomycosis.
- Expectorant to thin mucus
- Help in loosen congestion in chest and throat
- Nutritional supplement in animal feeds and human diet
- Thyroid protection
- Table salt and foods rich in iodine do not contain enough iodine to block radioactive iodine from getting into your thyroid gland. Do not use table salt or food as a substitute for KI.
Potassium iodide is used to loosen and break up mucus in the airways. This helps you cough up the mucus so you can breathe more easily if you have long-term lung problems (e.g., asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema). This medication is known as an expectorant.
Potassium iodide is also used along with antithyroid medicines to prepare the thyroid gland for surgical removal, to treat certain overactive thyroid conditions (hyperthyroidism), and to protect the thyroid in a radiation exposure emergency. It works by shrinking the size of the thyroid gland and decreasing the number of thyroid hormones produced.
In a radiation emergency, potassium iodide blocks only the thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine, protecting it from damage and reducing the risk of thyroid cancer. Use this medication along with other emergency measures that will be recommended to you by public health and safety officials (e.g., finding safe shelter, evacuation, controlling food supply).
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what is Kl, or potassium iodide?
Potassium iodide is an inorganic chemical compound which is denoted by the chemical formula KI.
Potassium iodide is a metal-halide salt featuring an ionic bond between the potassium cation (K+) and the iodide anion (I–). It is colorless to white, it appears as cubical crystals, or powder or white granules. It has a highly bitter, saline taste.
What is potassium iodide used for?
Potassium iodide and anti-thyroid medications are also used to prepare the thyroid gland for surgical removal, to treat other overactive thyroid disorders (hyperthyroidism), and to protect the thyroid in an emergency of radiation exposure.
What does potassium iodide do for the body?
KI (potassium iodide) is a stable (not radioactive) iodine salt that can help prevent the absorption of radioactive iodine by the thyroid gland, thus shielding this gland from radiation injury. The thyroid gland is the most sensitive component of the body to radioactive iodine.
What happens if you eat potassium iodide?
If potassium iodide upsets your stomach, take it after meals or with food or milk, unless your doctor has suggested otherwise. If your stomach starts to get upset (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or diarrhea), consult with your doctor.