Betadine: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Precautions, Price & More

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Betadine: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Precautions & More

What is Betadine?

  • Its main ingredient is Povidone Iodine
  • Betadine solution contains Povidone Iodine which is an antiseptic
  • Antiseptics are applied to decrease the chances of infection or pus formation.

Other variants and composition- 

Varient  Composition
Betadine 100ml Gargle \Betadine 50ml Gargle Povidone-iodine 2 %W/V
Betadine 15gm Ointment Povidone-iodine 10 %W/W
Betadine Oint (big) 125gm \ Betadine 10gm Powder\Betadine 250gm Ointment Povidone-iodine 5 %W/W
Betadine Vaginal Pessaries Povidone-iodine 200 MG
Betadine Surgical Scrub 500ml Liquid Povidone-iodine 7.5 %W/V
Betadine First Aid 50ml Solution Povidone-iodine 4 %W/V
Betadine Granules 2gm Sachet Povidone-iodine 5 %W/W
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Uses and Benefits of Betadine:

  • One of the most important use of Betadine is to treat or prevent bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and spores infections
  • Betadine is also used as first aid for minor cuts, grazes, abrasions, burns and blisters
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Betadine Price in India

Specifics Betadine Price
Tube of 15 gm Ointment Rs 109

How to Take Betadine?

Betadine is commonly available in the following forms:

  • Betadine is to treat or prevent bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and spores infections 10% Antiseptic Solution – prevents and treat infections in cuts, wounds, abrasions and burns
  • Betadine is to treat or prevent bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and spores infections 7.5% Skin Cleanser – this is a rinse-off preparation for hand washing, disinfection, routine skin care for bedridden patients and removal of skin odours
  • Betadine is to treat or prevent bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and spores infections 5% Antiseptic Cream – topical agent for prevention of infection in burns, lacerations, cuts and abrasions, treatment of common skin infections, and for infection control during dressing changes.
  • Betadine is to treat or prevent bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and spores infections 10% Antiseptic Ointment – treats common skin infections and is also used to prevent infection in minor burns, abrasions, lacerations, cuts and grazes.
  • Betadine is to treat or prevent bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and spores infections 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution – gargle that kills most bacteria and viruses in your throat and oral cavity
  • Betadine is to treat or prevent bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and spores infections 10% Antiseptic Paint – quick drying antiseptic for the treatment of mouth ulcers and cold sores in case of herpes
  • Betadine is to treat or prevent bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and spores infections 7.5% Feminine Wash – external wash to relief vaginal itching, odour, discharge and discomfort caused by germs such as bacteria, fungi and protozoa
  • Betadine is to treat or prevent bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and spores infections 10% Vaginal Douche – cleansing solution for vaginal area
  • Betadine Prep Ophthalmic Sol: 5%

Common Dosage for Betadine

Dosage For Adults

  • 1 application before surgery for ophthalmic preparations
  • 3 applications per day for up to 7 days for topical products

Dosage For Adolescents, Children, Infants & Neonates

  • Safety and efficacy have not been established.
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Precautions – When to Avoid Betadine?

  • If patient is hypersensitive to Iodine
  • If patient has a thyroid disease
  • If the injury is in or around the eye (only specialized eye preparations should be used)
  • If patient has Burns, kidney disease
  • In case of deep wounds, animal bites, or severe burns further treatment may be required
  • If the patient is pregnant
  • Non-prescription use should be avoided
  • If patient is a nursing mother

Side effects of Betadine

  • Skin irritation
  • Redness of skin
  • Thyroid imbalances
  • Swelling on face, skin, lips & throat
  • Bluish discolouration of skin
  • Kidney disorders
  • Thyroid problems
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Eye irritation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

Effects on organs

Should be used with caution in patient suffering from kidney and thyroid disease.


Reported Allergic Reactions

Always inform your doctor if you are allergic to any of its ingredients or are allergic to iodine.


Drug Interactions to Be Careful About

It may interact with the following drugs and products:

  • Benzalkonium Chloride
  • Bupivacaine Liposomal
  • Collagenase
  • Fibrin Sealant
    (If Betadine has been used, the area should be thoroughly rinse and dried prior to application of fibrin sealant)

Shows Effects / Results In:

Betadine shows effect immediately after application on the skin.


Pro Tips When Taking Betadine

In pregnant and nursing women, Chlorhexidine and Benzalkonium chloride can be used as an alternative agent.

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Storage of Betadine

Storage at room temperature away from direct light and heat unless mentioned in the package insert.

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FAQ

Is Betadine Solution addictive?

No

Can I have Betadine Liquid with alcohol?

Not known.

Any particular food item to be avoided?

No

Can I use Betadine When Pregnant?

Considerable iodine absorption has been observed in both the mother and foetus when povidone iodine topical and vaginal products were used during delivery.  It should be used during pregnancy only after assessing the risk benefit ratio to the pregnant female and the foetus.

Can I have Betadine when feeding a baby?

Topical use of povidone-iodine during delivery has resulted in iodine overload in breast-feeding infants and may lead to transient hypothyroidism.

It should be used during breastfeeding only after assessing the risk benefit ratio to the pregnant female and the foetus.

Can I drive after taking Betadine?

Please consult your physician and discuss your medical condition.

What happens if I overdose on Betadine Powder?

It should not be administered in more than prescribed dose. Taking more drug or with increased frequency will not improve your symptoms; rather they may cause serious side-effects. In case of over dosage, consult your doctor immediately.

What happens if I use expired Betadine?

The medicine may not work as well. Please inform your physician regarding the same.

To be on the safer side, always check and never use an expired drug.

What happens if I miss a dose of Betadine?

The medicine may not work well if you miss a dose because for effective working of the drug, a certain amount of drug must be present in your body at all times.

Always consume the missed dose as soon as you remember it. But, if it’s already time to take the second dose after that – do not take double dose.

When Was Betadine made?

1914-1918 – In the First World War, Alexander Fleming found iodine to reduce the incidence of infection in the wounds of soldiers.

1955 – Povidone-iodine became the universally ideal iodine disinfectant.

1963 – Betadine is to treat or prevent bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and spores infections was registered as a trademark and launched in several international markets.

1969 – Betadine is to treat or prevent bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoal, and spores infections antiseptic was chosen by NASA to wipe down Apollo 11 when it landed to sterilise the spacecraft against any space bacteria that might have hitched a ride.

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