Generic name: Povidone-Iodine (topical products) [ POE-vi-done-EYE-oh-dyne ]
Brand names: Betadine Skin Cleanser, Betadine Spray, Betadine Surgical Scrub, Betadine Swab Aid, Betadine Swabsticks, ... show all 11 brands Betadine, ExCel AP, GRX Dyne Scrub, GRX Dyne, NuPrep 5% Povidone-Iodine, Operand Scrub
Drug class: Antiseptic and germicides
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 20, 2023.
Uses of Betadine Swabsticks:
- It is used to treat or prevent bacterial infections.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Betadine Swabsticks?
- If you have an allergy to povidone, iodine, or any other part of this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks).
- If you are allergic to this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks); any part of this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have an animal bite or a deep puncture wound.
- If you have a very bad burn or cut.
- If a large area needs to be treated.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Betadine Swabsticks?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- If signs get worse or last for more than 7 days, talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks) is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks) best taken?
Use this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Wash hands before and after use.
- Do not take this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks) by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth and eyes (may burn).
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not use 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very bad irritation where this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks) is used.
What are some other side effects of Betadine Swabsticks?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Irritation where this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks) is used.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Betadine Swabsticks?
- Store at room temperature.
- Do not freeze.
- Protect from heat.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (Betadine Swabsticks), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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