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.
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
Instill 2-3 drops on the affected eye(s), leave for 2 minutes then rinse off with 0.9% sodium chloride solution.
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
Insert once daily for 5-7 days.
To the vagina as a pessary
1 pessary well moistened with water, each night for at least 2 weeks, regardless of intervening menstruation.
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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 https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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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.