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Iodosorb gel

Generic Name: cadexomer iodine (ka-DEX-oh-mer EYE-oh-din)
Brand Name: Iodosorb

Iodosorb gel is used for:

Cleansing and protecting wounds and sores (eg, wet ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, pressure sores, infected surgical wounds). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor

Iodosorb gel is an antibacterial and absorbent agent. It works by absorbing fluid and bacteria from the surface of the wound, which helps it to heal.

Do NOT use Iodosorb gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Iodosorb gel, including iodine
  • you have Hashimoto thyroiditis, or a history of Grave disease or nontoxic nodular goiter
  • you are pregnant or breast-feeding

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Iodosorb gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with Iodosorb gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have thyroid or kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Iodosorb gel. However, no specific interactions with Iodosorb gel are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Iodosorb gel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Iodosorb gel:

Use Iodosorb gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An additional patient leaflet is available with Iodosorb gel. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Wash your hands before and after using Iodosorb gel, unless your hands are a part of the treated area.
  • Clean the wound and surrounding area with a gentle stream of sterile water, saline, or other wound cleansing solution. Do not dry the area.
  • Spread a thin layer (up to inch) of Iodosorb gel on dry, sterile gauze. Use enough medicine to completely cover the wound. With gloved hands, place the prepared gauze onto the wound.
  • If you are treating a venous stasis ulcer, use a compression bandage as directed by your doctor.
  • Change the gauze dressing when the medicine changes from brown to yellow/gray or as directed by your doctor.
  • To change the dressing, peel the gauze away from the wound and cleanse the area. Gently blot away excess fluid and leave the surface slightly moist. Prepare the gauze as before and reapply.
  • If you miss a dose of Iodosorb gel, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use Iodosorb gel as directed by your doctor.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Iodosorb gel.

Important safety information:

  • Iodosorb gel is for external use only. Do not get Iodosorb gel in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get Iodosorb gel in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool water.
  • Iodosorb gel is not effective in cleaning dry wounds.
  • The wound may appear larger during the first few days of treatment, due to decreased swelling.
  • Do not use more of Iodosorb gel than prescribed.
  • Do not use Iodosorb gel for longer than 3 months without checking with your doctor.
  • Iodosorb gel may interfere with certain lab tests, including thyroid function tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Iodosorb gel.
  • Use Iodosorb gel with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Iodosorb gel if you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. Iodosorb gel is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Iodosorb gel.

Possible side effects of Iodosorb gel:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild irritation, pain, redness, or swelling at the application site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe or persistent irritation, pain, redness, or swelling at the application site.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Iodosorb gel:

Store Iodosorb gel at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Iodosorb gel out of the reach of children and away from pets

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Iodosorb gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Iodosorb gel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Iodosorb gel or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Iodosorb gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Iodosorb gel. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Iodosorb gel.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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