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What are the side effects of radioactive iodine ablation?

Short-term side effects of radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy may include nausea and vomiting soon after treatment, which usually lasts a day or two. In addition, some of the RAI may be picked up by the salivary glands around the jaws and under the tongue, causing painful swelling and enlargement of these glands. This is treated by drinking plenty of fluids, sucking on lemon drops (in order to stimulate the flow of saliva), and occasionally pain medicine such as aspirin or acetaminophen.

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