What is Lugol's Iodine?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Iodoral

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See also: Povidone Iodine

Lugol's iodine solution is often used as an antiseptic and disinfectant, for emergency disinfection of drinking water, and as a reagent for starch detection in routine laboratory and medical tests. It has been used more rarely to replenish iodine deficiency.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Hypothyroidism 4 4
Iodine deficiency 4 2
General health 2 0
Enlarged thyroid 1 1
Multiple sclerosis 1 0

Show all 10 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lugol's Iodine

Side effect Patients
Acne breakout 1
Elevated blood pressure 1
Feeling of heart pounding 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lugol's Iodine

Dosage Patients
5 drop(s) daily 1
12.5 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Lugol's Iodine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 3
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 8 patients who've stopped taking Lugol's Iodine

Duration

Currently taking Lugol's Iodine

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Lugol's Iodine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
1 - 2 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 6
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 6
Not specified 2
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Lugol's Iodine.