Povidone Iodine

How It Works:

Povidone Iodine is broad spectrum antiseptic for topical use.  Povidone iodine liberates iodine in contact with the skin causing antiseptic action.

Side Effects:

hyperthyroidism.Application to large wounds or severe burns may produce systemic adverse effects such as metabolic acidosis, hypernatremia and impairment of renal function.Eye drops solution:Rare: conjunctival hyperemia, superficial punctuate keratitis.Very rare: hypersensitivity reactions with products containing povidone.Not known: residual yellow coloration of the conjunctiva, Cutaneous spray powder:Rare: HypersensitivityVery rare: Anaphylactic reaction, hypothyroidism in neonates., reversible transient brown coloration, cytotoxicity on mucous membranes and deep tissue

Used For:

It is used to to treat and prevent and treat infection in wounds and as an antiseptic and first aid for minor cuts, grazes, burns, abrasions and blisters.

Instructions:

  • Apply a small amount of povidone iodine solution to the affected area after cleaning it properly.
  • The affected area can be left uncovered or covered with a sterile bandage.
  • If you experience a skin rash, hives, or itching, or any other unusual reaction after using this product, discontinue use and contact your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Povidone iodine cutaneous spray powder is meant for external application and should not be instilled in eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Do not use the povidone iodine solution on large parts of the body for more than a week unless advised by your doctor.
  • Seek doctor’s advice before use if injuries are deep or puncture wounds or serious burns.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is povidone iodine the same as betadine?Yes. Betadine is the brand (proprietary) name of povidone iodine.
Q. Is povidone iodine the same as iodine or iodine tincture?No.  Povidone iodine is the stable chemical complex of povidone (polyvinylpyrrolidone i.e. PVP) and elemental iodine. Iodine tincture has iodine and potassium iodide dissolved in ethanol and water. Both the formulations show antiseptic action.
Q. Does povidone iodine kill yeast, bacteria or fungus?Yes. Povidone iodine being disinfectant and antiseptic inhibits the growth and development of microorganisms.
Q. Does povidone iodine burn, stain, sting or hurt?Topical application of povidone iodine may cause slight irritation. Temporary staining of affected area is also possible. However, it is not a matter of concern and gets resolved quickly.
Q. Is povidone iodine safe?Povidone iodine is safe when used at prescribed dose and duration as directed by doctor.
Q. Does povidone iodine contain alcohol?No. Povidone iodine is stable chemical complex of povidone (polyvinylpyrrolidone i.e. PVP) and elemental iodine.
Q. Does povidone iodine stain teeth?Povidone iodine should be used externally. It should not be used on teeth.
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