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Iodine is a periodic table element, a stable halogen that our body needs but does not produce. Within the body, the thyroid gland uses iodine to create hormones. A deficiency of iodine may lead to infertility, autoimmune disease, or even cancers.

In pregnancy iodine deficiency may cause mental retardation or stunted growth in fetuses. Iodine has many uses such as the destruction of germs when applied topically, relief or prevention of mouth soreness due to chemotherapy, for thyroid conditions, endometritis, conjunctivitis, and as a treatment for some ulcers caused by diabetes. Iodine is effective at killing bacteria, fungus, and other unwanted microscopic organisms. Iodine is prescribed for a myriad of conditions; ask your doctor for more information and guidance as to whether iodine could be useful to you.


Iodine is often given orally, but discuss your options with your primary care doctor.

Always follow your doctor's directions regarding dosage and usage. Your compounding pharmacist will be available for questions during your course.


Iodine use is tolerated well by many, but of course side effects are possible. Common side effects seen with iodine are:

  • Metallic Taste
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pain
  • Runny Nose

If you encounter any side effects at all that are lingering/persisting and/or worsening, see your doctor right away.

Severe Side Effects That May Occur in Sensitive Patients:

If you experience anything that feels severe, or any of the side effects listed below, get medical attention immediately:

Allergic Reactions Including Hives
NOTE: Allergic reactions are a medical emergency!

  • Angioedema (swelling of the lips and/or face)
  • Extreme Bleeding
  • Fever
  • Joint Pain
  • Enlarged Lymph Nodes
  • Bruising

Topical Application Side Effects:

  • Skin Irritation
  • Stains
  • Allergic Reaction (Seek medical treatment right away.)


All patients considering the use of iodine should first consult with their doctor before beginning use.

Large doses of iodine are potentially dangerous.

Long-term use of iodine is potentially dangerous.

There are many age requirements for select dosing amounts. Consult with your doctor for more information.

Taking or using iodine during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding may be safe, but no one who is pregnant or breastfeeding should begin taking or using iodine without the approval from their primary care doctor who is aware of their medical history and current health status.

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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA