Povidone iodine - Topical/Cutaneous

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Povidone iodine is used to prevent and treat skin infections in wounds such as burns and cuts.

This medicine is also used to disinfect the skin before surgery.
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Povidone iodine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not apply more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Try to apply it at the same time each day.

Povidone iodine is available in various preparations such as powder spray, solution, ointment or gel.

If you are using the solution, ointment or gel, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Clean and dry affected area before application.
  3. Apply the medicine gently on the skin. The treated area may be covered as necessary.
  4. Wash your hands after using.
  5. Replace the cap of the tube or bottle.
If you are using the powder spray, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Shake the bottle well.
  3. Spray the affected area from a distance of 6-10 inches until a dusting powder is deposited. The treated area may be covered as necessary.
  4. Wash your hands after using.
  5. Replace the cap of the bottle.
Avoid contact with eyes. Rinse immediately with water if this medicine gets into your eyes. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyes.

You may stop applying this medicine once your wound is healed. Do not use Povidone iodine for longer than 1 week.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply Povidone iodine as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have or have had thyroid problems.

Do not apply Povidone iodine in serious wounds such as severe burns, animal bites or large or deep puncture wounds.

Do not give Povidone iodine to children below 2 years old.

DO NOT use this medicine with lithium (medicine for mood disorder).
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Povidone iodine may interfere with thyroid function tests. Inform your doctor if you need to undergo a thyroid function test while using this medicine.
What side effects could I experience?
Povidone iodine may cause any of the following side effects: skin irritation, itching, rash and swelling.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Do not use this medicine with lithium (medicine for mood disorder).

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking or using any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Povidone iodine - Topical/Cutaneous and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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