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About POVIDONE IODINE

POVIDONE IODINE belongs to the class of 'antiseptics and disinfectants' primarily used to treat common skin infections. It treats and prevents skin infections in minor burns, lacerations (deep cut in the skin), cuts, and abrasions (the first layer of skin is scraped off). Skin infection occurs when foreign microorganisms like fungus or bacteria invade the skin and affect the tissues.

POVIDONE IODINE contains Povidone Iodine. It works by inhibiting the growth of infection-causing microbes. As a small molecule, iodine can easily penetrate microorganisms and oxidizes essential proteins, nucleotides, and fatty acids, leading to cell death. POVIDONE IODINE is effective against bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa.

POVIDONE IODINE is for external use only. POVIDONE IODINE may cause common side effects like red or inflamed skin, peeling skin, dry skin, and irritation at the application site. These side effects gradually resolve during the treatment and do not require medical attention. However, if the side effects persist longer, please seek medical help.

Brief your medical history to the doctor if you are allergic to iodine or povidone. Let your doctor know if you have thyroid diseases, liver, and kidney problems before starting POVIDONE IODINE. Please tell your doctor if you are undergoing any lithium therapy or radioactive iodine treatment. Do not use POVIDONE IODINE before or after radioiodine scintigraphy or radioiodine treatment of thyroid carcinoma. Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or are a lactating mother before using POVIDONE IODINE.

Uses of POVIDONE IODINE

Skin infections, Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns.

Medicinal Benefits

POVIDONE IODINE is an antiseptic and disinfectant used to treat and prevent skin infections in minor burns, lacerations (deep cuts in the skin), cuts, and abrasions (the first layer of skin is scraped off). It works by inhibiting the growth of infection-causing microbes. POVIDONE IODINE is effective against bacteria (gram-positive and gram-negative, including antibiotic-resistant and antiseptic-resistant strains), fungi, viruses, and protozoa.

Directions for Use

POVIDONE IODINE is for external use only. Solution: Gently clean the affected area with cotton soaked in the solution. Allow the solution to dry and cover the wound with a sterile bandage. Paint/Cream/Lotion/Ointment: Take the advised amount with a sterile gauze or cotton swab and apply it to the skin's affected areas. Cover the open wounds with a sterile dressing or bandage after application if required. Wash your hands before and after using the product. Powder: Sprinkle lightly on the affected area with or without a dressing. Swab sticks: Antiseptic swabs are used to disinfect the skin before surgery and before bandaging minor cuts, scrapes and burns. Apply the swab to the affected area to disinfect and cover with a bandage if necessary. External pads: Clean the affected area thoroughly with the pad. Discard after a single use. Spray: Hold the spray container about 4-6 inches away from the skin and spray. Allow it to dry and apply bandage/dressing, if necessary. Surgical scrub: Gently apply the scrub to the affected area, develop lather and scrub thoroughly for 5 minutes. Rinse off using sterile gauze saturated with water.

Storage

Store in a cool and dry place away from sunlight

Side Effects of POVIDONE IODINE

  • Red or inflamed skin
  • Peeling skin
  • Dry skin
  • Irritation at the application site

In-Depth Precautions and Warning

Drug Warnings

POVIDONE IODINE is for external use only. Do not swallow it; in case of accidental swallowing, please seek medical help immediately. Do not use POVIDONE IODINE, if you are allergic to povidone-iodine. Povidone Iodine may permanently discolour the gold jewellery; hence remove all kinds of jewellery while using it. Let your doctor know if you have an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or any other thyroid diseases, including swelling (nodular colloid goitre, endemic goitre or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), liver, and kidney problems, before starting POVIDONE IODINE. Please tell your doctor if you are undergoing any lithium therapy or radioactive iodine treatment. POVIDONE IODINE should not be used before or after radioiodine scintigraphy or radioiodine treatment of thyroid carcinoma. Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or are a lactating mother before using POVIDONE IODINE.

Drug Interactions

Drug-Drug Interaction: POVIDONE IODINE may interact with anti-depressants (lithium), antiseptics and products containing enzymatic components, alkali, mercury, silver, hydrogen peroxide, tannic acid, octenidine, and taurolidine and should not be used simultaneously.

Drug-Food Interaction: No interaction found/established. 

Drug-Disease Interaction: Before using POVIDONE IODINE, let your doctor know if you have any allergic reactions to iodine or povidone, overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or any other thyroid diseases, including swelling (nodular colloid goitre, endemic goitre or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), liver, and kidney problems.

Safety Advice

  • Safety Warning

    Alcohol

    No interactions were found/established. Please seek medical advice if you have concerns regarding this.

  • Safety Warning

    Pregnancy

    Please consult your doctor before using POVIDONE IODINE if you are pregnant or planning to conceive. Your doctor will prescribe POVIDONE IODINE only if the benefits outweigh the risk.

  • Safety Warning

    Breast Feeding

    There is limited information on how POVIDONE IODINE affects lactation. Please consult your doctor before using POVIDONE IODINE if you are a breastfeeding mother.

  • Safety Warning

    Driving

    POVIDONE IODINE is generally safe to use and does not affect your driving ability.

  • Safety Warning

    Liver

    Let your doctor know if you have any history of liver diseases before using POVIDONE IODINE.

  • Safety Warning

    Kidney

    Let your doctor know if you have any history of kidney diseases before using POVIDONE IODINE.

Habit Forming

No

Diet & Lifestyle Advise

  • Use mild soap while taking baths and prefer warm baths.
  • Do not walk barefoot at places like gym showers to prevent infections.
  • Do not scratch the affected skin area as it can spread the infection to other body parts.
  • Avoid sharing towels, combs, bedsheets, shoes or socks with others.
  • Wash your bedsheets and towels regularly.
  • Avoid or limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine.
  • Manage stress, eat healthily, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.

Patients Concern

Disease/Condition Glossary

Skin infection: A skin infection can occur when the skin is broken, cut or wounded. This skin infection allows the pathogenic microorganisms to enter and invade the tissues surrounding the wound. It can be caused by bacteria, fungus, viruses or parasites. Symptoms include redness, pain, and tenderness of the skin, minor bumps or boils, rashes, blisters, cracked/dry skin, swelling, stinging or burning sensation, pus formation, and itching. It can be treated using topical antibiotics. Sometimes, for a severe infection, an oral antibiotic may be required.

FAQs

POVIDONE IODINE works by inhibiting the growth of infection-causing microbes. As a small molecule, Iodine in POVIDONE IODINE can easily penetrate microorganisms and oxidises essential proteins, nucleotides, and fatty acids, leading to cell death.

POVIDONE IODINE is for external use only. Do not swallow or put POVIDONE IODINE in the eyes. Please read the instructions leaflet of POVIDONE IODINE carefully before using. Your doctor will decide the dose and duration based on your condition.

POVIDONE IODINE is not recommended for use if you are undergoing any lithium therapy or treatment involving radioactive iodine. POVIDONE IODINE should not be used before or after radioiodine scintigraphy or radioiodine treatment of thyroid carcinoma. In such conditions, please consult your doctor before using POVIDONE IODINE.

POVIDONE IODINE may interfere with thyroid function tests due to iodine absorption. Please consult your doctor before starting POVIDONE IODINE if you have any history of thyroid problems. POVIDONE IODINE may also show false-positive lab results, such as tests with toluidine or gum guaiac, to determine haemoglobin or glucose in the stool or the urine.

Please consult your doctor if you are using any other topical medicines before starting POVIDONE IODINE. However, products containing enzymatic component, alkali, mercury, silver, hydrogen peroxide, tannic acid, and taurolidine may interact with POVIDONE IODINE and should not be used simultaneously.

Available Medicines for

POVIDONE IODINE