Povidone/ iodine solution

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

Povidone/ iodine solution is used for:

Treating minor wounds and infections, as well as killing bacteria.

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

Do NOT use povidone/ iodine solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in povidone/iodine solution

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

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Before using povidone/ iodine solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with povidone/iodine solution. 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 serious burns or deep puncture wounds

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with povidone/iodine solution. 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 solution 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 solution:

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

  • Clean the affected area. Apply a small amount of povidone/iodine solution to the affected area. The area may be left uncovered, or you may cover it with a sterile bandage.
  • If you miss a dose of povidone/iodine solution, 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 solution.

Important safety information:

  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction to povidone/iodine solution 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 solution 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.
  • Povidone/iodine solution is for external use only. Do not get povidone/iodine solution in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Do not use povidone/iodine solution over large areas of the body or for more than 1 week unless advised to do so by your doctor.
  • Contact your doctor before using povidone/iodine solution on serious burns, deep wounds, or puncture wounds.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking povidone/iodine solution, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using povidone/iodine solution during pregnancy. It is unknown if povidone/iodine solution is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using povidone/iodine solution, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of povidone/ iodine solution:

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:

Skin irritation.

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).

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 povidone/iodine solution:

Store povidone/iodine solution 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. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep povidone/iodine solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

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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