What is indium used for?

Indium is a soft, silver-white metal. It is chemically similar to aluminum and gallium. Some dietary supplements contain indium.

Despite safety concerns, people take indium in supplements for:

Healthcare providers sometimes give an indium compound called indium pentetreotide by injection into the veins (intravenously) as a treatment for cancer that has spread to the bones.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how indium works. Please discuss with your doctor for more information.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using indium?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of indium or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for a supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your doctor for more information.

How safe is indium?

Indium might be unsafe.

Special precautions & warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s unsafe for anyone to use indium as a medicine. While the effects of indium on an unborn infant or a nursing infant are unknown, the fact that it can cause damage to organs in adults is cause for concern. Don’t use indium if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from indium?

Taking indium by mouth might result in damage to the kidneys, heart, liver, and other organs. Breathing in indium might irritate the lungs. Applying indium to the skin might cause skin irritation.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your doctor.


What interactions may I have with indium?

Indium may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your doctor before using.


The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for indium?

The dose for indium may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does indium come in?

Indium may be available in the following forms:

  • Indium liquid dietary supplement
  • Indium drops

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Review Date: September 8, 2017 | Last Modified: September 8, 2017