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Iodinated glycerol oral

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.


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This medication is an expectorant. It helps to loosen phlegm and thin mucous so it can be "coughed up". It is used in lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis or cystic fibrosis to help clear the lungs of mucous.

How To Use

Take this medication with food if stomach upset occurs. Take this medication as directed. Do not increase the dose or take it more often or longer than prescribed.

Side Effects

Nausea, stomach upset, may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: severe stomach pain, sore mouth or throat, muscle aches, rash, fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, tiredness, weakness, sneezing, tingling of the hands or feet, headache, metallic taste in the mouth. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor if you have: a thyroid condition. This medication may worsen acne. This medication must be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Because small amounts of this medication appear in breast milk, consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: lithium, thyroid medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, fast heartbeat, stomach pain, distressed breathing, dizziness or fainting, and loss of consciousness.


Water is believed to be the best expectorant. Take each dose of this medication with a full glass of water and drink plenty of fluids to help break up the mucous.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture.