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Saturated solution, 1 g/ml
Potassium iodide aqueous oral solution is a clear liquid with a characteristic, strong salty taste.
Treatment of sporotrichosis and subcutaneous zygomycosis.
Dosage and administration
Potassium iodide should preferably be administered in a glass of fruit juice, milk or water, or taken with food.
Adults and children: initially five drops three times daily, increasing by one drop per dose up to a maximum of 30-40 drops three times daily (depending on tolerance). Treatment should be continued for at least one month after clinical resolution of lesions.
Should signs of iodism occur, treatment should be temporarily suspended and restarted several days later at a lower dose.
• Known hypersensitivity to iodides.
• Acute bronchitis or active tuberculosis.
Dose-related goitre or hypothyroidism can occur, but rapidly resolves on withdrawal of the drug.
Use in pregnancy
Potassium iodide is contraindicated during pregnancy since it may cause fetal hypothyroidism.
Prolonged administration may result in iodism, characterized by nausea, vomiting, an acneiform rash, metallic taste, increased salivation, coryza and irritation and swelling of the eyes. Severe headache, productive cough and pulmonary oedema can also occur. Other adverse effects include gastrointestinal disturbances and diarrhoea.
Copious amounts of milk and starch should be ingested. If there is no evidence of oesophageal irritation or ulceration, gastric lavage is of value. Fluid and electrolyte balance should be maintained.
Preparations should be stored in well-closed containers, protected from light.