Sodium IODIDE I-131 Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • overactive thyroid gland
  • thyrotoxicosis crisis
  • a condition with low thyroid hormone levels
  • narrowing of the lacrimal passage in the eye
  • radiation sickness
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • inflammation of the salivary glands
  • INFREQUENT side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • decreased function of bone marrow
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • dry eye
  • excessive watery eyes
  • itching
  • hives
  • a skin rash
  • chest pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • reactions at the site of the injection
  • fast heartbeat
  • RARE side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • cancer or malignancy
  • leukemia
  • thyroid gland inflammation
  • low levels of parathyroid hormone
  • anemia
  • decreased blood platelets
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • fluid accumulation in the brain
  • a condition where there is formation of fibrous tissue in the lung called pulmonary fibrosis
  • low sperm count
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • infertility
  • secondary ovarian failure, a condition where ovaries stop working before age 40
  • radiation pneumonitis
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • pink eye
  • a sore throat
  • dry mouth
  • neck pain
  • fever
  • headache
  • cough
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