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Generic name: Povidone iodine topical [PO-vi-done-eye-oh-dine-top-ik-al] Brand names: 3M Skin and Nasal Antiseptic, Betadine, Betadine Antiseptic Oral Rinse, Clinidine, Efodine, GRX-Dyne, Iodex
Classification of the drugs: The germicide and the antiseptic (vaginal anti-infectives)

What is Iodex?

There are a variety of kinds and brands of povidone-iodine topicals that are available. There aren't all the brands included in this leaflet. Iodex can be applied to the face to help treat or prevent skin infections on tiny cuts, scrapes, or burns. Iodex is also utilized in medical settings to reduce the spread of infection and encourage the healing of skin injuries, pressure sores, and surgical cuts. Certain types of povidone iodine applied to the skin are utilized in the mouth for temporary relief of minor irritation or pain in the mouth, such as a sore throat or canker sore pain. Iodex can also be used for reasons not mentioned in this medication guide.

Side effects of Iodex

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing warning signs of an allergic response, such as symptoms of hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue,

This medication could cause severe adverse effects. Stop taking this medicine and consult your physician immediately if you suffer from:

  • The sensation of pain, swelling, and redness. Oozing, swelling, or other symptoms of infection
  • The formation of blisters or crusts;
  • Extreme itching, itching, or burning.

This is not a comprehensive list of all the side effects. Other side effects could occur. Contact your doctor to seek medical advice on the effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow the instructions on the label exactly or as recommended by your doctor.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't use Iodex if you have an allergy to it. Consult a pharmacist or doctor about whether Iodex is safe to apply if you have medical issues or allergies. Do not administer this medication to a child under the age of one without medical guidance. Talk to your doctor prior to taking this medicine if you are nursing or pregnant. If you're nursing, do not apply this medicine to areas of your breast that could be in contact with the baby's mouth.

How to take Iodex?

Use only as indicated on the label or as directed by your doctor. Iodex comes in a variety of different forms, including liquid, ointment, aerosol powder spray, swab, and soap. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for use that are included in your medication. Consult your physician or pharmacist if you don't understand the instructions.

Always adhere to the directions on the label of the medicine about applying this medication to children. Some forms of povidone-iodine-based topical products are not suitable for children younger than a certain age. Iodex is generally used to treat the skin whenever necessary. The first step is to clean the area that will be treated. Make sure to shake the Iodex spray thoroughly prior to every use. Allow the solution to be completely dry on your skin prior to applying an application bandage. Don't apply a tight bandage.

Avoid using this medication on large wounds, puncture wounds, bites from animals, or burns that are serious. Don't apply it to large areas of the skin. In the case of treating an infection, you could be offered antibiotic medications to be taken by mouth. Take all medicines for the maximum prescribed duration of time, even if symptoms improve quickly.

Iodex, which is used to treat mouth infections, can be used up to four times a day. The frequency at which you can take the medicine is dependent on the kind you are using. Follow the instructions on the medication label. Do not apply Iodex to your mouth when you are using a form intended for use in the mouth.

To apply Iodex mouth spray, apply the spray directly to the mouth or the throat. Keep the spray in place for about 15 seconds before spitting it out. Do not swallow the spray. Repeat the spray every two hours, if needed. To make use of Iodex for mouthwash, you need to gargle or swirl it for about 30 minutes before you take it out and spit it out. Don't put the liquid in your mouth. You can use it up to four times a day. You shouldn't use Iodex for more than 7 days unless you have medical assistance.

Contact your doctor if you feel your sore throat is extreme or persist after two days, or if you are also suffering from a high temperature, headache, nausea, and vomiting. If you're applying Iodex to your face, you should seek medical assistance if you notice recent or worsening signs of redness, pain, the appearance of a swelling skin rash, or a fever. Storage at room temperature, far from heat and moisture. Don't freeze. Every Iodex swab is only good for one usage.

Iodex can stain skin, teeth, and even fabric. It is possible to use rubbing or alcohol to get rid of the staining on your skin. Beware of getting alcohol on a cut or irritated skin. Fabric stains are easily removed by washing with ammonia diluted in water. Do not get the medicine on jewelry, specifically silver. Iodex spray is inflammable. Avoid using near high temperatures or in an open flame. Avoid smoking until the gel has been dried off on the skin.

What happens if I don't take a dose?

Do not miss the missed dose, and take the next dose at your regular time. Don't take two doses at once.

What if I take too much?

A dose of Iodex isn't likely to pose a risk. Get medical attention immediately or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the medication. Overdose symptoms from swallowing Iodex could include nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, extreme thirst, fever, or not being able to urinate.

What should be avoided?

Do not put Iodex in the eyes of your children. If contact does occur, clean your eyes with water. Consult a doctor if you suffer from persistent eye irritation.

Interaction with other drugs

The skin care treatment is unlikely to be affected by other medicines that you are taking. However, many medications can interact with each other. Be sure to inform your health care providers about the medications you are taking, which include medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies.





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