- According to the AEC, if you are in Taiwan or the United States, taking KI outweighs any benefit you might gain from the compound. The level of radiation presently is too low for people to gain a benefit from the drug. Officials advise the Taiwanese that they will have five days warning if the winds change, causing the level of radiation to increase. Potassium iodide is only effective for 24 hours, so taking it now won't protect you against this possibility. If you have KI, do not take it unless and until you are advised to do so by emergency officials.
- Potassium iodide only protects you from radiation poisoning for radioactive iodine isotopes. It is ineffective against other forms of radiation. Radioactive iodine is only one of the threats posed by a damaged nuclear facility.
- Potassium iodide confers protection against radiation poisoning from iodine radioisotopes by preventing the thyroid gland from uptaking the radioactive iodine. This is helpful for developing fetuses, babies, children and young adults. The medication doesn't offer a significant benefit to people over the age of 40. For younger people, the only effect of radiation poisoning it protects against is thyroid cancer. Meanwhile, taking KI may make you sick; too much iodine is harmful.
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