High-dosage iodine tablets - the scientifically correct name is potassium iodide tablets - saturate the thyroid with non-radioactive iodine. If taken in time, they prevent the accumulation of radioactive iodine in the thyroid.

Should radioactive iodine be released into the environment as a consequence of a severe nuclear accident the authorities will distribute iodine tablets free of charge to the population in the affected areas.

It is reassuring to know that in Germany enough iodine tablets are held in stock to ensure the sufficient supply of the affected population - especially for children and teenagers.

The tablets which will be distributed directly to the affected population within a 25 to 100 km radius around the nuclear power plant (target group: children/adolescents up to 18 years and pregnant and breastfeeding women) come without a box and will be distributed in strips of 6 tablets each. Together with the tablets you will also receive an information leaflet.

Strip of 6 tablets

he tablets which will be distributed directly to the affected population within a 25 to 100 km radius around the nuclear power plant (target group: children/adolescents up to 18 years and pregnant and breastfeeding women) come without a box and will be distributed in strips of 6 tablets each. Together with the tablets you will also receive an information leaflet (PDF, 1.0 MB).

"Family-size package" with 20 tablets

People living within a radius of up to 25km around a nuclear power plant will receive so-called family-size packages from the authorities in an emergency (target group: every person up to 45 years). One box contains 20 potassium iodide tablets containing 65mg potassium iodide each. If you live within 10km of a nuclear power plant, you may already have received these tablets.

Tablet packages available from pharmacies

Should you wish to build up your own stock of iodine tablets, you may also buy them without prescription in pharmacies. These tablets are also available through online pharmacies. For these tablets the same intake instructions apply as for the tablets from the emergency supplies.