Dosage : Ointment
Contains : Povidone-iodine
Category : Antiseptic (Skin antiseptic and Disinfectant)
Uses : Cuts and Wounds, Surgical wounds, Burns
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Betadine is a hospital trusted brand. It has been used in hospitals for more than 50 years. Betadine has a no-sting promise as it does not contain alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, which can sting when applied on the wound.


Betadine ointment is a broad spectrum antiseptic used for the topical (locally on skin) application to prevent infection in cuts and abrasion. Betadine is also used post minor surgical procedures and small areas of burns. Further, it is indicated for the treatment of mycotic and bacterial skin infections like pyodermas. Betadine comes in two strengths, 5% and 10%.


It contains Povidone-iodine which is a complex of Iodine that has germicidal activity of elemental iodine without its disadvantages. Betadine’s germicidal activity stays intact in presence of blood, pus, serum and necrotic tissue.


For treatment of infections, Betadine can be applied once or twice daily for a maximum of 14 days. For the prevention of infection, it can be applied once or twice a week, for longer duration.


While using Betadine, skin or wound should be cleaned and dried first. The Ointment is to be applied after that. The wound may or may not be covered with a dressing or bandage.Betadine should not be used in children below two years of age. It should be stored in cool place at or below 25°C.


Betadine is a time trusted brand manufactured by Win Medicare which is a India based pharmaceutical company.


Your doctor may have prescribed Betadine because you could be suffering from Minor Wounds or Mild Skin Infection.


Betadine is a combination antibiotic drug available as an ointment. Povidone iodine is an antiseptic preparation. It exert its antiseptic effect by slowly releasing iodine over time. Antiseptics also called germicides are chemicals that kill or prevent the growth of microbes such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and bacterial spores..


Infections are caused by infectious bacteria, fungi and viruses which reproduce quickly and may even give out toxins which can damage tissues and cause inflammation and irritation.


Patients with mild skin infections and minor wounds such as cuts, scrapes and burns usually heal without treatment, but some minor skin wounds will heal faster when an antibiotic is applied to the affected area. Povidone Iodine can be used to treat wounds and infections that may include:


  • Oral infections
  • Minor wounds
  • Vaginal Candidiasis
  • Skin disinfectant


Betadine has been known to work well among patients with mild skin infections and minor wounds. It is also trusted as an effective skin disinfectant before surgeries.


As directed by your physician.


As directed by your physician.

Adverse Reactions/ Side Effects

Significant: Hypo- or hyper-thyroidism (long-term). Rarely, hypersensitivity reactions; conjunctival hyperaemia, superficial punctuate keratitis, cytotoxicity (ophth). Dermatologic: Rarely, local irritation, pruritus, rash, oedema, burns.

Warnings and Precautions

Patient with serious wounds including burns. Renal impairment. Children. Pregnancy and lactation.


History of abnormal thyroid function or goitre (e.g. nodular colloid goitre, endemic goitre, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).

Drug Interactions

May increase risk of thyroid-related reactions with lithium. Risk of formation of caustic compounds with ophthalmic formulations containing Hg-based preservatives.



Mouth/Throat: Store below 25°C. Protect from light. Ophthalmic: Store below 25°C. Protect from light. Topical/Cutaneous: Store below 25°C. Protect from light. Vaginal: Store below 25°C. Protect from light.

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