Drug Index

Povidone Iodine

Mechanism :

Povidone iodine is soluble in water forming a golden brown solution. Like iodine, the solution of the iodine complex is bactericidal, fungicidal, virucidal and trichomonacidal. However, unlike solutions of iodine, it is non-staining to natural fabrics. The antiseptic action of povidone-iodine is due to the available iodine present in the complex.

Indication :

  • Skin antiseptic

Contraindications :

Most products not licensed to be used <2 years. Contraindicated in known hypersensitivity. Avoid in patients with thyroid disorders or in lithium therapy. Exercise special care when applying to broken skin and in patients with renal insufficiency.

Dosing :

Available as Ophthalmic Solution 5%, antiseptic paint 5%, Topical Solution 7.5%, 10%, Topical Ointment 10%.
Antiseptic paint:
Apply twice daily.
Apply once or twice daily for up to 14 days.
Topical solutions:
Use undiluted for skin disinfection.

Adverse Effect :

Although rare, local hypersensitivity reactions have occurred.

Interaction :

Benzoin Tincture: Burns may occur if used alone with benzoin tincture.

Hepatic Dose :

No dose adjustment recommended.
01/21/2024 09:49:00 Povidone Iodine
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