Povidone-Iodine contains Povidone-Iodine which is a stable chemical complex of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and elemental iodine. Povidone-Iodine shows non-selective broad spectrum germicidal action and acts as bactericide (both gram-positive and gram negative), fungicide, virucide, sporicide, amebicide, insecticide and nematocide and is effective in dilute solution. Povidone-Iodine does not develop resistance in microorganisms. Povidone-Iodine is safer and easier to use than classic iodine preparations and has low systemic toxicity. Unlike iodine solutions, it is nonsensitizing and does not cause pain when applied to wounds or mucous membranes. Povidone-Iodine will not permanently stain skin, natural fibres or hard surfaces. Povidone-Iodine is less irritating to the skin than conventional iodine preparations.
Povidone-Iodine 5% or 6% Ointment: For the treatment of infection: Apply once or twice daily or at dressing changes for a maximum of 14 days. For the prevention of infection: Apply once or twice a week for as long as necessary. The affected skin should be cleaned and dried. Apply ointment to the affected area. May be covered with a dressing or bandage.
Povidone-Iodine 1% Mouthwash Gargle: Adults and children over 6 years of age: Use undiluted or diluted with an equal volume of warm water. Gargle or rinse with up to 10 ml for up to 30 seconds without swallowing. Repeat up to four times daily for up to 14 consecutive days or as directed.
Povidone-Iodine 10% Solution: Apply full strength as an antiseptic skin cleanser.