Potassium Iodide Dosing

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    Aloha Y’all,

    I have read about the need for potassium in the event of nuclear emergency. After a little research I found this from the CDC website (http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/ki.asp) and wanted to share in case you weren’t too sure about the various doses that are available out there. Living on Oahu and being in some proximity to Pearl Harbor and in light of the recent posturing by that lunatic in North Korea has me concerned. Anyways, here’s the info:

    How is KI (potassium iodide) given?
    The FDA has approved two different forms of KI (potassium iodide), tablets and liquid, that people can take by mouth after a radiation emergency involving radioactive iodine.

    Tablets come in two strengths, 130 milligram (mg) and 65 mg. The tablets have lines on them so that they may be cut into smaller pieces for lower doses.

    For the oral liquid solution, each milliliter (mL) contains 65 mg of KI (potassium iodide).

    According to the FDA, the following doses are appropriate to take after internal contamination with (or likely internal contamination with) radioactive iodine:

    * Newborns from birth to 1 month of age should be given 16 mg (¼ of a 65 mg tablet or ¼ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing newborn infants.

    * Infants and children between 1 month and 3 years of age should take 32 mg (½ of a 65 mg tablet OR ½ mL of solution). This dose is for both nursing and non-nursing infants and children.

    * Children between 3 and 18 years of age should take 65 mg (one 65 mg tablet OR 1 mL of solution). Children who are adult size (greater than or equal to 150 pounds) should take the full adult dose, regardless of their age.

    * Adults should take 130 mg (one 130 mg tablet OR two 65 mg tablets OR two mL of solution).

    * Women who are breastfeeding should take the adult dose of 130 mg.

    Hope this is helpful. Prep on!

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