23 Feb 2012

1.    Generic Name or Active Ingredient:

      Povidone iodine.

2.    Uses:

Available as creams, lotions, or ointments to heal burn wounds and prevent infection.


3.    How it works:

The solution of povidone releases iodine to kill bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa.


4.    Do Not Use This Medicine If:

·         You are allergic to povidone or iodine.


5.    Before You Start To Use This Medicine :

·         Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are or plan to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

·         Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you have any thyroid problems.

·         Consult a doctor before using this medicine in children.

6.    Using With Other Medication:

      Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medication such as lithium, supplements, vitamins or herbal preparations, as some medicines can interfere with each other.

7.    How To Use This Medicine:

      Follow the directions on your medication label carefully, and ask your pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. (National Call Centre)

a)    How to use

                  i.    Wash your hands thoroughly.

                ii.    Before applying the medication, gently clean off any dead skin or scabs from the burn wound.

               iii.    Apply the medication immediately to the burn and leave on skin for up to 3 hours. The wound may be bandaged if necessary.

b)   When to use

·         Once or twice daily.

c)    How long to use

·         Until the wound has healed.

d)   If you forget to use it

      Use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine. Do not  double the dose.


8.    While using this medicine:
a)    Things you should do:

·         Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you have any allergic reactions to the medication.

·         If the burn wound does not heal or if it becomes worse, consult your doctor.

b)   Things you must NOT do:

·         Do not apply the medication near your eyes, mouth or nose.

·         Do not share your medication with anyone else.

·         Do not warm or heat povidone-iodine solution before using.

In case of overdose, seek immediate medical attention.

9.    Side effects:

      All medicines may have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you have any side effects which are severe or persistant.


      Possible side effects are:

·         Rashes

·         Itching

·         Local oedema (swelling)

10. Storage and disposal:
  • Store at room temperature and in a dry place
  • Keep away from direct sunlight
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Do not use after the expiry date has passed
  • Return any unused or expired medication to the nearest pharmacy.