What is Radioactive iodine (I-131)?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Radioactive iodine, also known as radioiodine, Iodine-131 and I-131, is selectively used for certain conditions including thyroid cancer and thyrotoxicosis (excessive levels of thyroid hormone in the blood).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 4
Mild 4
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Radioactive iodine (I-131)

Side effect Patients
Nausea 5
Dry mouth 3
Nausea and vomiting 2
Allergic to environment and chemicals 1
Blocked salivary duct 1
Constipation 1

Show all 28 reported side effects

Why patients stopped taking Radioactive iodine (I-131)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 42
Other 11
Doctor's advice 5
Did not seem to work 2
See all 66 patients who’ve stopped taking Radioactive iodine (I-131)

Duration

Stopped taking Radioactive iodine (I-131)

Duration Patients
0-1 month 60
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 2
2 years or more 1

Adherence


Always
Patients
12
75%
Usually
Patients
0
0%
Sometimes
Patients
0
0%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
4
25%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
5
31%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
3
19%
A little hard to take
Patients
1
6%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
7
44%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
2
13%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
2
13%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
12
75%
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Radioactive iodine (I-131).