Everyone reacts differently to medication. As a result, the side effects of a medicine are not the same for every "patient".
That said, iodine tablets can have the following side effects:
- metallic taste in the mouth;
- nausea and vomiting;
- stomach ache;
- heart palpitations.
In some rare cases, taking potassium iodide tablets can lead to an over-active thyroid, characterised by a high pulse, sweating, insomnia, trembling, diarrhoea or significant weight loss.
In 1986, following the nuclear accident in Chernobyl, 18 million doses of iodine were distributed in Poland. Serious side effects were only observed in three cases.
The side effects associated with taking iodide tablets are mostly mild and go away after a period of time, as long as no more iodide tablets are taken!
If the problem persists or the symptoms worsen, contact your doctor immediately or call 112.