Learn about Lugol's Iodine 5 percent history, Lugol's Iodine strengths, iodine regulations, Lugol's Iodine dosage and Lugol's iodine use. With over 15 years experience, we are experts in Lugol's Iodine 5 percent availability, quality and regulations. Buy with confidence from Miss Lizzy knowing you are getting the highest quality Lugol's Iodine.
History of Lugol's Iodine 5 Percent
Lugol's iodine, also known as aqueous iodine or strong iodine solution, is a solution of potassium iodide with iodine in water. Discovered by French physician Jean Lugol in 1829, Lugol's Iodine was unique for its ideal combination of both iodine and potassium iodide.
Many people are unaware that different organs in the body need different forms of iodine. In the 1800s, Lugol's Iodine was so commonly used by doctors, patients were sent home with bottles of Lugol’s Iodine.
Lugol's Iodine Concentration Strengths
The original Lugol's formula of Strong Iodine Solution contains Distilled Water 85%, Potassium Iodide 10%, and Iodine 5%. For this reason, with the iodine content being 5%, Lugol's Solution came to be known as Lugol's 5%. Over the years, different manufacturers have made Lugol's Iodine in varying potencies ranging from 1% iodine to upwards of 15% iodine. However, in 2007 certain concentrations of Lugol's Iodine became regulated in the USA.
2007 DEA Regulation Changes for Iodine and Lugol's Iodine 5
For over 150 years, Lugol's Iodine was a freely available, unregulated product in the USA, used as a general antiseptic, reagent, preservative in baked goods, and in medical application for humans and animals. In 2007, out of concern for various products being used for illicit purposes, the United States DEA Division changed its regulatory guidelines. As part of this regulation, the DEA included the handling of iodine crystals and iodine solutions containing elemental iodine in concentrations greater than 2.2%. As a result of the new guidelines, Lugol's Iodine in strengths above 2.2% are regulated by the DEA as aList I chemical.
It's important to also note that the DEA website even states: "DEA currently has no evidence that Lugol's Solution is diverted as a source of iodine for illicit purposes."
Because of the numerous legitimate uses for Lugol's Iodine (including the use as dietary source of iodine and for thyroid disease), the DEA made an exemption to the regulation allowing transactions of Lugol's Iodine 5% up to 1 fluid ounce (30 mL) per bottle.
Our Thiodine Lugol's Iodine fully complies with DEA Guidelines.
December 2018 Amazon Changes It's Policy on Lugol's Iodine 5 Percent
For over ten years, Amazon allowed the sales of Lugol's iodine product. As a company who had the best-selling five star Lugol's Iodine 5% product on Amazon we were well versed in Amazon selling policy and had served tens of thousands of happy customers. In December of 2018, without warning Amazon changed their policy regarding the sales of iodine. Overnight they removed all product listings of iodine in strengths above 2.2%. As a result, only Lugol's 2.2% strength products are available for sale on Amazon.