How much lugol’s iodine to take?

If you’re reading this, congratulations! You’ve likely stumbled upon one of the most potentially dangerous dosing questions in the modern health world. So without further ado, let’s get down to brass tacks and figure out just how much lugol’s iodine might be right for you.

What is Lugol’s Iodine?

Lugol’s iodine is a solution containing iodine and potassium iodide. It was reportedly first created by French physician J.G.A.C. Lugol over 200 years ago. Since then, it has been used in medicine as an antiseptic (because of its germicidal properties) to heal wounds before antibiotics existed.

It can also be used to treat thyroid issues such as goiter or an underactive thyroid gland that produces too little thyroxine (hypothyroidism).

Benefits of Using Lugol’s Iodine

  • Increased energy
  • Balanced mood (finally telling Karen off won’t seem like such a big deal anymore)
  • Improved digestion (you might not even have to hit up Taco Bell at midnight no more!)
  • Reduced brain fog (take THAT Zoom calls – we’ll be locked in your screen now!)


So how do you know what dose is best? Well hold on there partner – this isn’t candy-flavored cough syrup!

According to Dr. David Brownstein (an expert on holistic medicine), dosages should range from two drops per day (not suggestions for somebody looking into taking this supplement) all the way up to several MILLIGRAMS daily (talk about throwing caution totally backward through fairytale!).

An Adult dose may vary between 2ml (equivalent with three drops)/kg body weight – 6 ml/kg body weight or feverishly mad scientist doses

Additionally, some people may have an iodine allergy or sensitivity to either the iodine or the potassium iodide (or both), so it’s important to consult with a doctor before taking lugol’s.


  • Oral applications can cause irritation of mucous membranes and gastric distress.
  • Lugol solution is irritating on contact with the skin, and therefore should be handled carefully.

Different Types of Iodine

Did you know that there are several different types of iodine? Here are a few:

Potassium Iodide

This form is known basically as KI which excretes approximately 95% out of one’s body in just 24 hours! Don’t mistake me for someone who knows anything here!

It’s this form of iodine that was given at Chernobyl after the nuclear reactor disaster occurred back in April 1986 – though we wouldn’t suggest doing that yourself…for obvious reasons.

Nascent Iodogensis

Without going too deep into science experiments gone wrong here.. phew!

We’ve heard around the scientific world bubblin’ talk about nascent iodogensis but its precarious lack-of testing could put us all in risk! That being said… maybe leave any experimentation up to Dr. Frankenstein down at your local haunted mansion?

Ideal Dosages According To Age

Age Range Dosage
Birth–6 months Not established
7–12 months Less than 90 mcg per day
1–8 years 90 mcg per day
9–14 years \~120 mg/day
15–18 \~150 mg/day
Adults \~250 ug/day

It’s important to note that these dosages vary greatly according to the form that Lugol’s Iodine is in – some brand names are even more stabilized with higher levels of iodine than others, so check carefully about dosages recommended by each manufacturer.

Symptoms Of Iodine Deficiency

  • Weakness
  • Constant exhaustion
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Swollen neck glands
    Not to mention.. it could cause miscarriage or growth/intellectual retardation and silly talking from your physician when they explain this.

How Long Until The Effects Show Up?

It doesn’t happen overnight, sadly. But don’t completely disregard the itsy bitsy spider (the nutrient) — because significant improvements can be seen as fast as a few days later for those dealing with mild symptoms.

For individuals whose organs have been suffering from particularly rampant deficiency… it might take up to four’ish years of satisfactory intake.

So keep chugging along! (don’t actually chug anything… you should always drink water or liquids slowly)


Can taking too much lugol’s iodine be dangerous? Well sure, but chilax— who hasn’t overdosed on something naughty every-now-and-zombie?

Nevertheless: over-consumption can lead to headaches, goiter (which essentially means an enlarged thyroid gland), nausea/vomiting/maybe even spitting pepperoni pizzas out like a towering inferno first time through!

In conclusion… if there’s one thing we want you to take away from all of our nonsensical banter today is that these types of things SHOULD gain approval stamp-of-authenticity coming straight off of research scientists desks before you tuck into bed!

But most importantly: listen to your body (its cries may come in different flavors) & consult someone far smarter than us before shippin’ down any potions or tonics your well-meaning-but-slightly-obsessed aunt Jane suggests!

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