I have straight potassium iodide ACS Grade about 1500 grams, my question is, can I take it mixed with water if pills are unavailable? If so, what would be the dose and would I need to mix it with other chemicals to ingest it safely? Just want to know if ever I need it and no pills are available.
17 Mar 2011
I cannot recomend that. Potassium is a potential fatal medication when too much is taken. The dose that is required is small - I am not saying it for a reason. Most standard scales are not able to measure these amounts. There are ways to get around this, again I am intentially not mentioning it. If you get too much your heart could stop working - this is the basic mechanism of the lethal injection.
I don't think you need to worry about it. There seems to be a scare going on that is unwarrented.
In such cases where Iodine is needed to protect the thyorid during radioactive expossures there are alternatives such as Lugol's Iodine Solution.
These medicine can be compounded by a pharmacist for safe ingestion.
Brian PharmD Candidate
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