What is potassium iodide?

Potassium iodide (KI) is a non-prescription medicine. If taken in time, KI saturates the thyroid gland, reducing the uptake of radioactive iodine in the thyroid gland. The protective benefit of KI only applies to radioiodines and is not effective against cesium, strontium, or other fission products that could be released in a nuclear power plant accident. KI pills only provide temporary protection for the thyroid gland against cancer and hypothyroid conditions, and it does not protect against other health problems that may result from exposure to radiation.

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1. What happens during a radiation emergency?
2. What is the best protective measure for the public and when would you need to take potassium iodide (KI)?
3. What is potassium iodide?
4. How much potassium iodide (KI) should I take?
5. How should I store potassium iodide (KI) tablets?
6. Is potassium iodide (KI) safe for everyone?
7. How can you obtain potassium iodide (KI) tablets?