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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

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CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Therapeutic Categories

Food additive (e number)

Pharmaceutic aid

Ophthalmic agent


Chemical Names

1-Vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone polymer, linear (WHO)

Poly(1-vinylpyrrolidin-2-on) (IUPAC)

Foreign Names

  • Polyvidonum (Latin)
  • Povidon (German)
  • Polyvidone (French)
  • Polividona (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Polyvidone (OS: DCF)
  • Povidone (OS: JAN, BAN)
  • Povidone (OS: USAN)
  • E 1201 (IS)
  • Kollidon (IS)
  • Polivinilpirolidon (IS)
  • Poly-N-Vinyllactam (IS)
  • Polyvidon (IS)
  • Polyvinylpyrrolidon (IS)
  • PVP (IS)
  • RP 143 (IS)
  • Polyvidon (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Polyvidonum (PH: Ph. Int. 4)
  • Povidone (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4, USP 38)
  • Povidonum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names

  • Aftadur
    Avicenna, Turkey
  • Aloclair (Povidone and Hyaluronic Acid)
    Rigel, Malaysia; Sinclair, Malaysia
  • Alsucral (Povidone and Sucralfate)
    Hospimedikka, Ecuador
  • Antiemor K (Povidone and Menadione (veterinary use))
    Intervet, Italy
  • Arufil
    Chauvin, Czech Republic; Valeant, Slovakia
  • Dulcilarmes
    Horus, France
  • Dulcilarmes 1.5%
    Horus, France
  • Enterodez
    MosChimPharmPreparat, Georgia
  • Fluidabak 1.5%
    Laboratoires Thea, France
  • Gelclair (Povidone and Hyaluronic Acid)
    PharmaSwiss, Croatia (Hrvatska)
  • Haemodesum
    Liqvor, Georgia
  • Haemodesum-Pharmatech
    Pharmatech, Georgia
  • Hypotears
    Novartis Pharma, Israel
  • Hypotears Plus
    Novartis, Argentina; Novartis, Brazil; Novartis, Czech Republic; Novartis, Ecuador; Novartis, Oman; Novartis, Venezuela; Novartis Biosciences, Peru
  • I-Lube (Povidone and Poly(vinyl alcohol))
    FDC, India
  • Lac-Ophtal
    Winzer, Germany
  • Lac-Ophtal MP
    Winzer, Germany
  • Lacrimal OK (Povidone and Poly(vinyl alcohol))
    Pharm-Allergan, Germany
  • Lacrimol (Povidone and Hypromellose)
    Fischer, Israel
  • Lacri-Stulln UD
    Pharma Stulln, Germany
  • Lacrymed
    Unimed, Tunisia
  • Liquifilm (Povidone and Poly(vinyl alcohol))
    Pharm-Allergan, Germany
  • Liquifilm Tears
    Allergan, Bahrain; Allergan, Finland
  • Liquifresh (Povidone and Poly(vinyl alcohol))
    Allergan, Spain
  • Nutrivisc 5%
    Alcon, France
  • Oculac
    Alcon, Denmark; Alcon, Finland; Alcon, Iceland; Laboratoires Théa, Sweden; Thea Laboratoires, Norway
  • Oculac án rotvarnar
    Alcon, Iceland
  • Oculet
    Pharmafrica, South Africa
  • Oculotect
    Alcon, Portugal; Alcon, Turkey; Alcon Cusi, Spain; Alcon-Couvreur, Belgium; Laboratoires Thea, Austria; Laboratoires Thea, Greece; Laboratoires Théa, Netherlands; Medcor, Netherlands; Novartis, Lebanon; Novartis, Netherlands; Novartis Healthcare, Philippines; THEA, Hungary
  • Oculotect fluid PVD
    Alcon, Germany
  • Onufrid (Povidone and Polyvinyl Alcohol)
    Rafarm, Greece
  • Optear
    Ibn Sina, Bangladesh
  • Optilube (Povidone and Poly(vinyl alcohol))
    Zuventus, India
  • Optirex
    Jayson, Bangladesh
  • Orcha Tears Plus 5%
    Orchidia, Egypt
  • Protagens
    Alcon, Netherlands
  • Protagens Mono
    Alcon, Netherlands
  • Protagent
    Alcon, Switzerland; Alcon, Germany; Alcon, Lebanon; Alcon Ophthalmika, Austria; Liba, Turkey; Pharmex, Greece
  • Protear
    Aristopharma, Bangladesh
  • Refresh
    Allergan, Brazil; Allergan, Turkey; Allergan, South Africa
  • Refresh (Povidone and Polyvinyl Alcohol)
    Allergan, France; Allergan, Greece; Allergan, Ireland; Allergan, New Zealand; Allergan Israel, Israel; Allergan Singapore, Singapore
  • Renu
    Bausch & Lomb, Argentina
  • Rovidone
    ACI, Bangladesh
  • Siccagent
    Alcon-Couvreur, Belgium
  • Solotear
    Asiatic Lab, Bangladesh
  • Tearex
    Beximco, Bangladesh
  • Tears Plus (Povidone and Polyvinyl Alcohol)
    Allergan, Canada
  • Unifluid
    Laboratoires Thea, France
  • Uzalk
    Unimed Pharm, Vietnam
  • V-Crima (Povidone and Hetastarch)
    Vitamed, Israel
  • Vidisept
    Dr. Gerhard Mann, Germany
  • Vidisic
    Bausch + Lomb, Netherlands
  • Visine (Povidone and Carbomer)
    McNeil CH, Germany
  • Wet-Comod
    Ursapharm, Germany


BANBritish Approved Name
DCFDénomination Commune Française
IUPACInternational Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name
WHOWorld Health Organization

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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