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Potassium iodide is an expectorant. It thins mucus secretions in the respiratory tract that may be caused by chronic respiratory problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Potassium iodide is also used to protect the thyroid gland from radiation injury before and following administration of radioactive iodide (e.g., for diagnostic purposes) and in radiation emergencies (e.g., accidental exposure to radiation .
Some Potassium Iodide products are intended to be used to protect the thyroid gland against radiation injury (example: ThyroShield® non-prescription oral solution). and are used only to protect the thyroid gland from exposure to radioactive iodine, which may occur in the event of a nuclear plant accident or an attack with nuclear weapons. To be effective, the oral solution needs to be taken as soon as possible in the event of a radioactive incident, preferably within a few hours. Potassium iodide cannot protect against all types of radiation exposure or injury. At this time, only certain products are FDA-approved for this purpose. Also, solutions intended for use only in radiation emergencies should not be used for other medical purposes. Use for radiation protection should be under the guidance of a prescriber or public health authority.