Best Selling #1 Povidone Iodine Ointment


Uses: Treating minor wounds and infections. An antiseptic combination used for killing bacteria.

1 Tube (1 oz.)

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Povidone Iodine Ointment

Povidone Iodine Ointment


Treating minor wounds and infections.
An antiseptic combination used for killing bacteria.

1 Tube (1 oz.)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Betadine/Povidone Iodine Ointment used for?

Betadine/Povidone Iodine Ointment contains povidone iodine, which is used for the treatment of common skin infections.

Betadine/Povidone Iodine Ointment is used as an antiseptic for the treatment of common skin infections such as infections of the skin around the nails, prevention of infections in minor burns, cuts and abrasions.

  • Always read the label.
  • Avoid excessive heat.
  • Follow the directions for use.
  • If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.


When you must not use it

  • avoid application to extensive burn areas.
  • known hypersensitivity to iodine or povidone. If irritation, redness or swelling develops, discontinue treatment and consult a doctor.
  • if you currently have or have ever had, a thyroid problem, including swelling (nodular colloid goiter, endemic goiter or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), as there may be a risk of developing hyperthyroidism from the administration of large amounts of iodine.
  • it should not be used for 4 weeks prior to treatment for cancer of the thyroid.
  • povidone iodine preparations should not be applied over a long period and to large areas of the skin (e.g., not to more than 10% of the total body surface and for not longer than 14 days) unless strictly indicated.
  • on infants under 6 months of age.


Keep out of reach of children.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you know you are, or think you might be pregnant, or are breastfeeding, talk to a doctor or pharmacist before using Betadine/Povidone Iodine Ointment, or any other medicine.

If you are not sure whether any of the above apply to you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using.

Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.

Avoid inhalation.

Avoid contact with the eyes.

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What is Povidone Iodine Ointment?

Povidone, also known as polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), was originally developed as a plasma expander for trauma victims. Now it is commonly used in artificial tears and eye lubricating products. Some contact lens manufacturers even incorporate povidone into their lens to act as a wetting agent to increase moisture retention. Povidone is also used as a binder in controlled-release tablets and in liquid oral medications. You can frequently find it listed in cosmetic products such as hair spray, lipstick, gels, toothpaste, and shampoos.

Large ingestions of povidone are expected to cause only minimal symptoms such as diarrhea. If povidone gets into the eyes or onto the skin, it might cause irritation and pain. There have been reports of severe allergic reactions occurring in sensitive people, but this reaction is rare. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction include wheezing; difficulty breathing; dizziness; chest tightness; hives; and swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat. If these symptoms occur, call 911 immediately regardless of the suspected cause.

When povidone is combined with iodine, it is most commonly used as an antiseptic for the skin (e.g., Betadine), but it can also be used in less concentrated forms for the eyes and vagina. Surgeons use it to disinfect skin prior to surgery. The 10% solution is used most often to disinfect skin, but it also comes in diluted concentrations as low as 0.3%.

Common side effects seen with both povidone-iodine eye drops and skin formulations include local swelling, irritation, itching, and rash. With overuse, povidone-iodine can have corrosive effects. With eye exposures, patients should irrigate the eyes for 15 minutes immediately after an exposure. Any persistent eye pain or symptoms might need medical examination and treatment. Ingestion can cause stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea, and burns of the gastrointestinal tract.

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