Potassium iodide can help prevent thyroid cancer, a major risk associated with contamination from radioactive iodine. However, the FTC notes, public health experts agree that U.S. residents should avoid taking potassium iodide unless instructed to do so by public health officials.Scam artists follow the news, the FTC warns, and are always quick to take advantage of any public health scare to defraud fearful consumers. When it comes to potassium iodide, the FTC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, urge consumers to:
Consult doctors before buying: Some people are allergic to iodine and shouldn't take potassium iodide. Those who are unsure should consult their doctors. People with certain skin conditions (such as dermatitis herpetiformis or hypocomplementemic vasculitis), as well as people with nodular thyroid with heart disease, should not take potassium iodide.
Understand that taking potassium iodide cannot:
- Prevent radioactive iodine from entering the body. It only protects the thyroid from radioactive iodine.
- Reverse the health effects caused by radioactive iodine once damage to the thyroid has occurred.
- Protect the body from radioactive elements other than radioactive iodine.
- ThyroSafe Tablets (65 mg) at 1-866-849-7672 or http://www.thyrosafe.com/recip.html
- Fleming & Company, Pharmaceuticals for ThyroShield Solution at 636-343-8200 or http://www.flemingcompany.com or http://www.thyroshield.com
- Anbex, Inc. for Iosat Tablets (130 mg) at 212-580-2810 (M-F 9am-5pm EST), at 1-866-463-6754 (other times), or www.anbex.com
For More Information from the Federal Government:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Radiation Emergencies