Lugol's Iodine Supplements

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by Asktoddaboutrealestate (Holland, Pa, Usa) on 02/04/2013
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Hi, I read that many people are iodine deficient. I am in need of more energy, so I thought perhaps it was due to an Iodine deficiency. So I tried Lugols 2%. I took 5 drops in water per day for the first 3 weeks, didn't notice any changes, took 7 drops per day in water for about 10 days, still no changes. Then I stepped back and noticed I had gained 10 lbs in the last month which is a lot for me (I am 5'7" 170lbs normally-should be 160lbs), so there was a change but I don't know if it was caused by the Iodine and wanted to get some feedback on my Iodine use. I stopped using it in the last few days to see if any of the weight comes off, no change yet. Did I use it long enough, or did I not need it to begin with?

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by The_truth (Narnia, Lanzorotti) on 06/12/2013

@ Asktodaboutrealestate: Your weight gain could be the displaced toxins being stored in your body until it has time to process them. It sounds like you increased your Iodine dose too quickly but more importantly, you were probably not taking the companion supplements that aid the body with this detox (Selenium, Magnesium, Unrefined Celtic salt, Vitamin C, Vitamin B2/3. Since your kidneys and other organs could not keep up with the toxins being displaced by the Iodine, it stored those in body fat hence the weight gain from the bloat. This is just a theory I have heard about and feel is potentially true. For anyone who wants to try Iodine supplements, I suggest you research thoroughly before you begin.

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Posted by Elizabeth (Byhalia, Ms) on 12/29/2011
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I started taking iodine internally, namely Lugol's iodine, two days ago. Only using 2 drops per day. My blood sugars are much higher than normal. Before using the Lugol's, I simply was painting regular iodine on my skin of which I purchased at CVS drugstore in the first aid section. What could be causing the Lugol's to raise my blood sugars? Perhaps I should stop taking it or maybe try using it transdermally? Thanks, signed Baffled

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Posted by Nikki (Nj) on 06/19/2011
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I have been taking lugol's solution for a few months now. I don't have any particular health issues per se, so am basically taking it for overall health. I did notice that after a while my breast has become sore even after my period has come and gone. It is basically sore all day and I am not pregnant. My worry is that it is coming from the Lugol's solution. Has anyone else exereinced this if so what is the cause? I thought that iodine was supposed to help with breast pain.

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Posted by Alicia (Orlando, Fl, Usa) on 04/21/2011
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Hi everyone:

Thank You for the wonderful information on this website; it is a great resource~ I recently have started supplementation for iodine in the past month and I have noticed a symptom that I am concerned about: burning eyes. Is there a connection between iodine supplementing and this? I am taking all the companion supplements. However, 500 mg of niacin is a little too strong for me at this point, so I am taking 100 mg 2 x/day instead of 500 mg/2 x day. I was taking 4 drops of Lugol's 2% initially, bumped that up to 4 drops 2 x/day and just went up to 6 drops/2 x day. Is this too much? I had detox symptoms before taking the companion supplements, now the eyes seem to be my main issue. If anyone has helpful advice or guidelines, I would love to know.

Thank You!

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines) on 04/22/2011

Hi Alicia... I don't think you are taking iodine in excess -- you are taking, in effect, only about 32 mgs per day(of 2% Lugol's Iodine).

I think your eye burning problem is more problably caused by niacin excess or overdose:

"Symptoms of overdose of Niacin (B3) include: whole flushing of the body, burning sensation in the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, blurred vision, skin itching, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, lightheadedness."


You may be getting enough niacin in your diet -- try taking niacin once every two or three days for a while or even eliminating it altogether to see if that makes a difference.

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Posted by Jo (Gosford, Nsw / Australia) on 09/07/2012

I work in a lab & use grams iodine when making slides, the iodine fumes make my eyes water & sting.

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by Terrylynn (Wylie, Texas) on 03/01/2011

In 1986 when I had a gall bladder scan, I was given iodine tablets. I had a reaction--eyes swelled shut and face swelled as well. Do not remember having any respiratory issues.

I since have eaten shellfish, use salt, etc. without any allergic reactions.

Having been told I had an allergic reaction to the tablets, do you think I could also have allergy issues with the Lugol's Iodine?

I have been reading about the health benefits of Lugol's and very much want to try it. I am having a lot of health issues (breast cancer being one) and believe that it could help me. I am on Armor Thyroid right now as well.

Thank you for any suggestions!!


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Posted by Mesem (Toulon, France) on 01/08/2011

Lugol's has a shelf life of 1 month after being prepared. I keep mine in the fridge door too to slow oxidation. It has also stopped my huge allergy type reactions to every change in the weather - wind, rain.

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Posted by Tee (Chicago, Il) on 06/14/2010

I would like to know how did you use the iodine for keloid scars??

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Posted by Hersche Chocolatte (South Africa) on 03/02/2015

Interested to know how it worked on the skin tags, keloids

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Posted by Tricia (Ireland) on 09/24/2009 85 posts

I finally got a chemist to order me a bottle of lugols iodine ( I hate buying on the internet ). What I've received is Lugols Iodine but even though I specified colorless the only one he could get me is colored. The description on the bottle is " Lugols iodine B.P. - aqueous iodine oral solution - for nutritional supplementation of iodine only - each ml contains 126 mg of iodine derived from iodine and potassium iodide." It then goes on to state that it is for animals only and to paint or spray it on the animals skin and how to orally supplement the animals watering trough as well.

My question is is this the same iodine that people orally supplement with just with an ability to stain?

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Posted by Jb (Hosmer) on 09/26/2018

How do you "get rid of a root canal?".

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Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 03/28/2014

Hi Juliana...To obtain a lugol's iodine source in Canada just type "Lugol's Iodine Canada" in search or type it into Google Search. The lists displayed will show some vendors from Canada.

An example, from, is given here:

Lugols Iodine Source from Canada

Also, most vets and pet shops sell lugol's iodine(sometimes also called Aqueous Iodine) in Canada, another good source.

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Posted by Bess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 03/28/2014

Thanks Mary from Saskatchewan - I'll check those sources out! Cheers, Bess

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Posted by Peacekeeper (New Haven, Ky) on 03/06/2015

I order from Nascent iodine. Good source.

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Posted by Philip C (Ireland ) on 11/10/2016

B.P. stands for British Pharmaceutical so it sounds like it's safe for human consumption. However it may need to be diluted with distilled water.

I bought a bottle of this recently and have been researching whether it's safe to drink.

Look up BP USP EP.

Hope this helps

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Posted by Jacqueline (Devon) on 11/27/2016

I've never heard of anyone talk of 'drinking' Lugol's Iodine. It is added to water (not tap), by the drop - a tiny amount. If it's Lugol's iodine, it will say it on the label; if it only says 'BP' then it's not Lugol's - Lugol's is a recognised process of making and mixing iodine and iodide, not a brand name.

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Posted by Kathy (Dubois, Pa) on 09/06/2009

The alcohol in the idodine solution is probably methyl (wood) alcohol, or denatured in some way, and must not be taken internally because it is poisonous. The law does not allow ethyl (drinkable) alcohol to be used in any products like antiseptics or cosmetics.

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Posted by Andrea (Chico, Ca) on 11/27/2009

I have Sjogren's Disease (Syndrome) and am drying from the inside out, particularly afraid it will dry my internal organs. I have very dry mouth, and severely dry eyes right now, and I don't want this to progress. I am wondering if you are still having good luck with this 2-3% solution 3X/day? Are you using Lugol's? If not, what brand are you using and can I get it without a prescription?

Thanks for any help you can give.

How To Take Lugol's
Posted by John (Trang, Thailand) on 07/13/2009

Lugol's Aqueous Iodine 5%. I bought from the Trang Hospital with an expiry date, Oct 9th 2009.

1. Can it go off? What happens?
2. After taking it, what are likely side effects/ adverse reactions if any?
3. No distilled water here. Rain water OK?
4. Take the drops before eating or after?
5. How do I tell if cadmium, mercury, fluoride, chlorine etc. have left me?

How to Take Lugol's
Posted by Magnolia16 (Virginia) on 11/08/2016

Could someone tell me how to take these drops that masks the taste? Is it safe to put in the morning coffee, juice? It really makes me gag but offers so much. All I have seen is to put it in water and that is hard for me to swallow.

How To Take Lugol's
Posted by Magnolia16 (Virginia) on 11/09/2016

Thank you. That is what I have been doing, but didn't know if the heat killed the good stuff! I upped my dosage and think this is what I needed. Love this site - have recommended it to many!

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Posted by Shalom (Ca) on 10/09/2020

Marie, do you or your friend take it with other supplements to avoid the die-off effects? How often do you take it and how many drops? Can you give us more details and what benefits you saw. I tried it and had terrible die-off effects so I stopped taking it, but I was still feeling sick for a few weeks after.

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Posted by Dee (Atlanta, GA) on 11/02/2008
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I was taking Lugol's iodine for about a week, then stopped for 2 weeks, then started up 2 days ago, 5 drops diluted in water (what women say to take daily for breast cancer prevention). Right after taking the drops yesterday, I had an immediately reaction: runny nose and slight pressure behind the eyes. Today (Monday) my nose is still runny, but the pressure behind my eyes is a bit less. I know the runny nose is from having too much iodine in my body. Should I be worried? How can I pull the excess iodine from my system? I am going to stop the iodine for at least a month now and if I take it in the future, no more than 1-2 drops at a time.

Lugol's Iodine Side Effects
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 11/03/2008 383 posts

Actually iodine that you are taking are mostly harmless. The eye pressure and headache issue has a lot to do with the problems associated with elemental iodine. Taking about 1000 mg x 4 of vitamin C sodium ascorbate should neutralize most of the problems.

If not, eat white bread as it is high in bromine. I have taken much more iodine before, but it is in the form of potassium iodide and sodium iodide, closer to 100 mg, not mcg either. The Japanese eats 1000 times above iodine dose and has no effect because the high content of bromine and iodine are found in kelp. A kelp supplement inspite of high iodine, has much higher bromine and can also displace it.

In general no harm but elemental iodine are oxidative in nature and vitamin C sodium ascorbate should lessen that problem. What elemental iodine does to the body is it raises the ORP to be a positive value and the sodium ascobate 1000 mg x 5 will put the ORP to a normal negative values just as before. Drinking plenty of water with a small amount of sea salt will displace the unneeded iodine.


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Posted by Anon (US) on 08/22/2014

How much iodine in how much water for your 3 pound dog? Thank you!

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Posted by Laura (Illinois ) on 02/26/2015

Where do you purchase your Lugol's?

EC: J. Crow's is an excellent brand of Lugol's Iodine. We've been using it for over 15 years. Brand is sold on Amazon, Swanson and on their web site here:

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Posted by Hersche Chocolatte (SA) on 03/02/2015

How much Lugol's Iodine can be used for a 10kg jack russel and 40kg German Shepherd?

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Posted by Mia Nony (Vancouver, B.c., Canada) on 11/29/2009

Canada has not clamped down yet on the miracle of iodine. It requires no prescription either. Lugol's 5% or Dr Greenbergs colourless.

Lugol's Formulation
Posted by SKS (Ann Arbor, Michigan) on 11/16/2007

First of all, thank you so much for this great website! Regarding Lugol's Iodine, apparently, its formulation has been changed. I purchased it on the web and received a brochure along stating that effective August 31, 2007 Lugol's would only be available as 2% iodine:4% K Iodide:94% dist.H2O...

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Posted by Marie (St. Louis, MO) on 10/21/2007

Iodine - people need lugol's. This stuff from the pharmacy is not enough. Lugol's has the TWO forms of iodine used by both thyroid and breasts, ovaries and prostate. It has to be ordered online. I noticed in your comments people were buying it from the pharmacy. And that's not the right stuff. has increased their prices so I'm on the hunt for another source.

Lugol's Formulation
Posted by Bill (Longmont, Colorado) on 12/03/2008

The reason Lugol's is made the way it is is because it is a constant concentration solution of Iodine. If some of the water evaporates over time, a drop still has 6.5 mg of elemental iodine in it. This makes it a very safe way to administer iodine.

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Posted by Brianh (Austin, Tx) on 11/07/2015

If water evaporates from Lugol's the solution will become more concentrated and one drop (generally = 0.05ml) will contain more than 6.25mg of total Iodine + Iodide in a drop. But keeping the bottle covered should make this not a problem.

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Posted by Heidi (Jackson, WY) on 01/14/2006
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Better But With Side Effects

I used Lugols iodine for a couple months, had more energy and acne improved, then I got a rash. I quit for 3 weeks and have started again at a lower dose.