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Generic Name: Potassium Iodide Drops (poe TASS ee uhm EYE oh dide)
Brand Name: SSKI
Easy-to-read patient leaflet for SSKI. Includes indications, proper use, special instructions, precautions, and possible side effects.
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Drug Information:
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with SSKI (potassium iodide drops). Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take SSKI (potassium iodide drops) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor. Use SSKI (potassium iodide drops) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. Learn more

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SSKI Side Effects

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:

Less common

  • Hives
  • 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
  • confusion
  • 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:

Less common

  • Diarrhea
  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach pain

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to potassium iodide: compounding powder, oral liquid, oral solution, oral tablet


The most frequently reported adverse reactions have included stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, skin rash, and salivary gland swelling or tenderness.


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)

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Confusion, numbness, tingling


Frequency not reported: Irregular heartbeat

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Sski