Table of contents

  • Brand Names
  • Drug Combinations
  • Chemistry
  • Pharmacologic Category
  • Mechanism of Action
  • Therapeutic Use
  • Pregnancy and Lactation Implications
  • Contraindications
  • Warnings and Precautions
  • Adverse Reactions
  • Dosage
  • Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

Brand Names


Austria: Betadona Wund, Betaisodona, Braunol, Braunovidon, Vetisept, Wundesin; Belgium: Braunol, Iodex, Iso-Betadine; Bulgaria: Betadine, Braunol, Braunovidon, Jodasept; Cyprus: Povadyne; Czech Republic: Betadine, Braunol, Braunovidon, Jodisol, Jox; Finland: Betadine, Oculac; France: Betadine, Betaseptic, Povidone Iodee; Germany: Betaisodona, Braunol; Greece: Betadine, Betarem, Bilibidon, Cepton, Drapix, Evapovi-Douche, Evinolut, Igiol, Iodovine, Jodocourir, Leptotest, Libidon, Lombocid, Oxisept, Povidone Iodine, Poviodine, Tinsole, Zanouk; Hungary: Betadine, Gyneiod, Jodoseptic; Ireland: Betadine, Braunoderm, Braunol, Braunosan, Braunovidon, Savlon Dry Antiseptic, Standardised Betadine, Videne; Italy: Betadine; Lithuania: Betadine; Luxembourg: Braunoderm, Braunol, Braunosan, Inadine, Iodex, Iso-Betadine; Netherlands: Betadine, Braunol, Duratears, Protagens; Poland: Betadine, Bolinan, Polodina-R, Polseptol, Povidone Iodine; Portugal: Betadine, Ectodine, Iodolab, Septil; Romania: Betadine, Iodina, Iodosept, Oculotect Fluid; Slovakia: Betadine, Braunol, Braunovidon, Freka-Cid, Jodisol; Slovenia: Betadine, Braunoderm, Braunol; Spain: Betadine, Betatul, Curadona, Liquifresh, Oculotect Sol. oft., Orto-Dermo, Polividona Iodada, Topionic; UK: Betadine.

North America

Canada: FF Sanitizing Hand Cleaner, Scrub, Spray I Dene, Swabplus; USA: Betadine.

Latin America

Argentina: Excelentia Solución Antiséptica, Extraleci, Iodo Povidona, Iodomax, Iopox, Nu-Gel Hidrogel en Placa, Pervinox, Povibac, Povicler, Povi Complex, Povitiol, Tycoytycoy; Brazil: Curativ, Marcodine; Mexico: Isodine, Losine, Yodine.


Japan: Bongol, Haipopiron, Hisiiode, Homodon, Hypojin, Iodine, Isodine, J-oide, Jisanidine, Microshield, Negmin, Neojodin, Oralon, Polyiodine, Popidon, Popiyodon, Popyiode, Popyral, Popyron, Telnidine.

Drug combinations

Povidone-Iodine and Ethanol

Povidone-Iodine and Isopropyl Alcohol

Povidone-Iodine and Nonoxynol 9

Povidone-Iodine, Glycerol, and Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose

Other Povidone-Iodine combinations: Fluoride; Sodium Iodide


Povidone-Iodine: (C~6~H~9~NO)~n~ xI. (1) 2-Pyrrolidinone, 1-ethenyl-, homopolymer, compd. with iodine; (2) 1-Vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone polymer, compound with iodine. CAS-25655-41-8.

Pharmacologic Category

Skin and Mucous Membrane Agent; Local Anti-infectives, Miscellaneous. EENT Anti-infectives, Miscellaneous. Ophthalmic Antiseptic. Topical Antiseptic. Vaginal Antiseptic. (ATC-Code: D08AG02; D09AA09; D11AC06; G01AX11; R02AA15; S01AX18).

Mechanism of action

Broad spectrum germicidal agent effective against wide range of bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and spores.

Therapeutic use

Prevention or treatment of topical infections associated with surgery, burns, minor cuts/scrapes. Relief of minor vaginal irritation.

Pregnancy and lactiation implications

Reproduction studies not conducted. Vaginal products should not be used during pregnancy. Transient hypothyroidism in newborn reported following topical or vaginal use prior to delivery. Enters breast milk (use caution).

Unlabeled use


Hypersensitivity to iodine or any component of the formulation.

Warnings and precautions

Toxicity may occur following application of large or prolonged quantities. Use with caution in burns, in renal impairment, in thyroid disorders, and in children. Should not be applied to deep puncture wounds or serious burns.



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