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Are iodine pills radioactive in nature...?

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Asked by jafar, 20 Jul '13 06:31 am
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Radiation pills are tablets of potassium iodide, a common salt. Potassium iodide is a source of dietary iodine, so the way radiation pills work is by saturating the thyroid with stable iodine so that radioactive iodine isotopes aren't needed and thus aren't absorbed by the body. Potassium iodide or KI is effective at protecting the thyroid of developing fetuses, babies, children and young adults from developing thyroid cancer from exposure to iodine isotopes. A dose of potassium iodide is effective for 24 hours. However, the pills don't protect against any other form of radiation exposure nor do they protect any other organ. They can't reverse damage that has already occurred. Radiation pills aren't effective for persons over the age of 40 because their thyroid activity doesn't cause them to suffer much of an effect from iodine radioisotope exposure.
Answered by Quest, 20 Jul '13 12:42 pm

 
  
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No way . Iodines are not radioactive. The nucleus of bismuth, thorium, uranium and plutonium and their nucleus and isotopes are unstable and hence radioactive. The element iodine has a mass number of 131 with 53 protons in its nucleus. It is stable element. potassium iodide is a very useful compound for treatment of eyes. In no country a drug authority can allow manufacture of radioactive pills.
Answered by soumyen sarkar, 20 Jul '13 06:43 am

 
  
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No sir
Answered by rajan, 20 Jul '13 01:46 pm

 
  
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