Povidone/ iodine douche

Generic Name: povidone/iodine (POE-vi-done/EYE-oh-dine)
Brand Name: Examples include Betadine and Operand

Povidone/ iodine douche is used for:

Relieving minor vaginal irritation and itching. It may also be used to cleanse and deodorize the vaginal area.

Povidone/iodine douche is an antiseptic combination. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Do NOT use povidone/ iodine douche if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in povidone/iodine douche
  • 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 povidone/ iodine douche:

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

  • if you are planning to become pregnant
  • 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 pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a history of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or thyroid problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with povidone/iodine douche. However, no specific interactions are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if povidone/iodine douche 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 povidone/ iodine douche:

Use povidone/iodine douche as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Follow the package directions for using povidone/iodine douche, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of povidone/iodine douche, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use povidone/iodine douche.

Important safety information:

  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction to povidone/iodine douche or a medicine that contains iodine, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately. A severe allergic reaction includes a severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, or dizziness. If you have questions about whether you are allergic to povidone/iodine douche or if a certain medicine contains iodine, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
  • 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.
  • If symptoms of vaginal itching and irritation persist for more than 5 days, or if redness, swelling, or pain develops, stop use and contact your doctor.
  • Povidone/iodine douche is not a contraceptive agent. It will not prevent pregnancy.
  • Do not use povidone/iodine douche sooner than 6 hours after intercourse if you were using a vaginal spermicide for contraception.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking povidone/iodine douche, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using povidone/iodine douche during pregnancy. It is unknown if povidone/iodine douche is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using povidone/iodine douche.

Possible side effects of povidone/ iodine douche:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chills; excessive vaginal dryness; fever; severe stomach pain; unusual vaginal discharge; vaginal pain, soreness, swelling, redness, or irritation.

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. Povidone/iodine douche may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of povidone/iodine douche:

Store povidone/iodine douche at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep povidone/iodine douche out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about povidone/iodine douche, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Povidone/iodine douche 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 povidone/iodine douche 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 povidone/iodine douche. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to povidone/iodine douche. 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 povidone/iodine douche.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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