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Are there any risks in taking potassium iodide (KI)?

The biggest risks of taking potassium iodide (KI) arise only with prolonged use, and KI is usually taken for only one or a few doses. Other risks of KI also apply only to certain people. Anyone with an allergy to iodine should not take potassium iodide, and those with certain conditions related to potassium levels, muscle problems or kidney disease should consult a doctor before taking potassium iodide. KI affects the thyroid gland, so you should also consult a doctor about taking KI if you have any thyroid-related condition, but KI is sometimes used to treat certain thyroid conditions. Pregnant and breastfeeding women and infants should consult their doctor and not receive more than one dose of potassium iodide

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