SSKI Side Effects
Generic Name: potassium iodide
Note: This document contains side effect information about potassium iodide. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name SSKI.
For the Consumer
Applies to potassium iodide: oral solution
Oral route (Solution)
When used in a nuclear radiation emergency, instruct patients on the proper dosage and usage. Should be used along with other emergency measures that will be recommended by public officials.
Along with its needed effects, potassium iodide (the active ingredient contained in SSKI) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking potassium iodide:
- joint pain
- swelling of arms, face, legs, lips, tongue, and/or throat
- swelling of lymph glands
With long-term use
- Burning of mouth or throat
- headache (severe)
- increased watering of mouth
- irregular heartbeat
- metallic taste
- numbness, tingling, pain or weakness in hands or feet
- soreness of teeth and gums
- sores on skin
- symptoms of head cold
- unusual tiredness
- weakness or heaviness of legs
Some side effects of potassium iodide may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to potassium iodide: compounding powder, oral liquid, oral solution, oral tablet
Hypersensitivity reactions such as skin rashes, swollen salivary glands, headache, bronchospasm and gastrointestinal disturbances can be mild or severe and may be dose dependent.
Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity
Frequency not reported: Hyperthyroidism, iodine induced autoimmunity (Grave's and Hashimoto type), toxic nodular goiter, iodine-induced hypothyroidism, overactive thyroid gland, thyroiditis, enlarged thyroid gland with or without development or myxoedema
Hyperthyroidism, iodine induced autoimmunity (Grave's and Hashimoto type), toxic nodular goitre and iodine-induced hypothyroidism have been reported as side effects of iodine therapy.
Frequency not reported: Stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, salivary gland swelling or tenderness
Frequency not reported: Skin rash
Frequency not reported: Pain or weakness in hands or feet, weakness or heaviness of legs
Frequency not reported: Unusual tiredness, fever, iodism (chronic iodine poisoning)
Frequency not reported: Confusion, numbness, tingling
Frequency not reported: Irregular heartbeat
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Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.