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    Povidone Iodine

    Information about Povidone Iodine

    Povidone iodine uses

    Povidone Iodine is used to prevent infections.

    How povidone iodine works

    Povidone Iodine is an antiseptic. It kills harmful infection causing microorganisms. This is how it works to prevent and treat infections.

    Common side effects of povidone iodine

    No common side effects seen
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    Written By
    Dr. Radhika Dua
    MDS, BDS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    16 Oct 2019 | 01:31 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Povidone Iodine

    • Povidone Iodine is an antiseptic that helps treat and prevent infections.
    • Apply a small amount to the affected area after cleaning it properly.
    • Avoid contact with eyes and nose. In case of accidental contact, rinse thoroughly with water.
    • Do not use it on burnt, broken or inflamed skin.

    Frequently asked questions for Povidone Iodine

    Povidone Iodine

    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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 October, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)