I am currently taking Atomidine for hypothyroidism. One drop contains 600 mcg. One drop of Lugol's contains 6.417 mg. It looks as though Lugol's is ten times more potent, but the formulation is different and I am no chemist. Please tell me what one drop of Lugol's is equal to in Atomidine. Also, which iodine do you think is more efficacious?, Thank you for your reply.
As a pharmacist, being a chemist, you should have been able to ascertain the exact conversion, although it might have taken a bit of your time. My father was a pharmacist, a fine researcher, and a wealth of information. Unfortunately I could not get this information from him because he is dead. To say that you "have read that Lugol's is stronger" than Atomidine was hardly helpful since my question indicated that I already knew that. I can read too. I was hoping for better information than what could be gotten on the internet.
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There are 2 strengths of Lugol's, 2% and 5%, the conversion to atomidine would be:
Lugol's 2% contains 3.125mg iodine per drop = 5 drops atomidine
Lugol's 5% contains 6.25mg iodine per drop = 10 drops atomidine
Lugol's contains both iodine and potassium iodide (KI), but it is measured by the total iodine content. Lugol's is stronger than atomidine and the KI is a better source of iodine when taken for iodine deficiency.
I too wanted to know, how much a drop of Lugol's contains. I am somewhat puzzled by your answer. Shouldn't the 2% solution contain two fifths of the 5% solution, which would be 2.5mg per drop of the 2% solution?
The conversion given above is correct based on information from the manufacturer. The measurements are approximations since the volume of a drop can vary depending on how much is drawn up or squeezed out of the dropper. The Lugol's 2% is actually a 2.2% concentration solution, but sometimes labeled as 2%.
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