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|USE NO LONGER RECOMMENDED DUE TO HIGHLY VARIABLE IODINE CONTENT!|
|The actual iodine requirements in a healthy adult should not exceed 150 micrograms (a very small amount more than adequately supplied in normal daily use of iodized table salt).|
Doses over 150µg of iodine per day can induce hyperthyroidism or make existing hyperthyroidism worse.
SYMPTOMS of excessive thyroid stimulation are thyroid enlargement, rapid heart beat, palpitations, nervousness, agitation, increased sweating, fatigue, muscle weakness, insomnia, and increased appetite with weight loss.
NOT used when pregnant or nursing.
NOT used when gastro-intestinal bleeding is present.
Rare cases of allergic reactions have been reported.
Should be avoided by those who must restrict their salt intake.