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Povidone Iodine

Last updated on June 27, 2019.

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GENERIC NAME: Povidone Iodine  

CHINESE NAME: 聚维酮碘

COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Betadine, Videne

What is Povidone Iodine for?

Povidone Iodine is a disinfectant and antiseptic against bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa, cysts, and spores. It is less potent and less toxic than free iodine. Its uses include the treatment of mouth and throat infections, prevention of eye infection following surgical procedures, disinfecting the skin, especially for minor wounds and infections, as an antiseptic and surgical scrub, and for vaginal infections. 

How to use it?

Povidone Iodine can be taken orally or applied to the eyes, skin, or vagina. The dosages for different uses and age groups are listed below: 

 

For mouth and throat infections

Orally as 1% solution 

Adult / Child 6 years or above 

Rinse or gargle 10 mL undiluted solution with an equal volume of warm water for 30 seconds 4 times daily for up to 14 days, or as directed. 

 

For prevention of eye infection following surgical procedures 

To the eye as 5% solution 

Adult 

Instill 2-3 drops on the affected eye(s), leave for 2 minutes then rinse off with 0.9% sodium chloride solution. 

 

As antiseptic 

To the skin as 5-10% solution / 10% gel / 10% ointment / 10% aerosol spray 

Adult / Child 

Apply as directed

 

For vaginal irritation 

To the vagina as 0.3% douche 

Adult 

Insert once daily for 5-7 days. 

To the vagina as as a pessary  

Adult 

1 pessary well moistened with water, each night for at least 2 weeks, regardless of intervening menstruation.

What are the side effects of Povidone Iodine?

It is rare to experience side effects from Povidone Iodine but local irritation, itchiness, rashing, swelling, burning sensation may occur when Povidone Iodine is applied on the skin; whereas hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism may occur with the long term use.

Where to buy Povidone Iodine in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Povidone Iodine is an over-the-counter medicine which can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health. 

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

For detailed information about the use of Povidone Iodine in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

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