Betadine antiseptic

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Betadine is a combination product used for treating minor wounds, such as cuts, scrapes, or burns, and preventing or treating minor skin infections.

Minor skin infections and wounds usually heal without treatment, but some minor skin wounds may heal more quickly when you apply antibiotics to the affected area.

Betadine products contain antibiotics that work by slowing or stopping the growth of bacteria

Betadine Dose Considerations

Use topical Betadine as directed by your doctor. Read thoroughly all information and follow all instructions on the drug label. Wash your hands before and after using it.

Do not use Betadine into the mouth – it is only for a skin use. Keep away from your mouth and eyes to avoid risk of burns.

If you miss a dose of Betadine, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is approaching the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your usual time. Do not take 2 doses simultaneously or increase the dose.

General Guidelines

Here’s how Betadine should be used: 

  • This medication is for use on the skin only. Follow all the instructions on the drug label or use it as directed by your doctor.
  • Wash your hands before using Betadine.
  • Avoid Betadine getting into your eyes or mouth. If this happens, wipe the medicine and rinse with water. Do not use Betadine inside your nose, unless recommended by your doctor.
  • Clean and dry the wound area as directed. If you use ointments or creams, apply a thin layer. Do this 1 to 3 times a day or as directed by your doctor.
  • Rub the wound area gently if possible. If you use powder, apply a little powder to  the area. Cover with a bandage if directed to do so. Wash your hands after use.
  • Do not use large amounts of this medication, apply it more often, or use it for a longer time than recommended by your doctor. Your condition may not improve faster and the risk of side effects may increase.
  • Use Betadine regularly to get the most benefit from it and use it at the same time every day.
  • If your condition does not improve or worsen after 1 week, or if you feel you have a serious medical problem, contact your doctor immediately.

Handling and Storage of Betadine

Store it at room temperature and away from direct exposure to sunlight and heat. 

Keep all medicines in a safe place. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Discard unused or expired Betadine. Do not flush toilets or pour it down the drain unless you are advised to do so.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to dispose of Betadine properly in your area. 

What Betadine Antiseptic is Used For

This is a combination product used to treat wounds. It can be used for treatments, such as: 

  • Treat cuts, scrapes, and burns
  • Helps prevent or treat minor skin infections

Contraindications for Betadine

The following are contraindications of Betadine:

  • Tell your doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist that you are using Betadine.
  • If symptoms worsen or last more than 7 days, consult your doctor promptly. 
  • It may cause harm if swallowed. If this medication is swallowed, call your doctor or poison control center immediately.
  • Tell your obstetrician if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. You need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Betadine during pregnancy. 
  • Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. You need to talk about any risks to your baby.


Below are some precautions before using Betadine to prevent side effects, including: 

  • Prior to using it, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any of its ingredients or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for further details.
  • Before using it, tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, especially around other skin conditions, including eczema, viral skin infections such as shingles, or chicken pox.
  • Before undergoing surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Betadine.
  • During pregnancy, Betadine should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It is unknown if the drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Betadine Drug Interactions

If your doctor recommends you to use Betadine, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Before using it, tell your doctor or pharmacist about all prescriptions and non-prescriptions/herbal products that you may be using, especially from other products for the skin, such as corticosteroids or antiseptics.

There may be other interactions with other drugs. Therefore, before using this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the products you use.

List of Side Effects

The most common adverse effects of Betadine may include: 

  • Burning, redness, or irritation of the skin may occur. If any of these side effects persist or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately. 
  • If your doctor prescribes it, that means your doctor has assessed that its benefits are greater than the risk of side effects. Most people using this medication do not experience any serious side effects.
  • Tell your doctor right away if any of the unusual but serious side effects appear, such as balance problems, hearing loss, and folliculitis.
  • Although rare, prolonged or repeated use of Betadine may lead to a fungal infection or a different skin bacterial infection. Contact your doctor if you notice any unusual new skin symptoms, such as scaly, swollen skin, or hot skin while using the medication
  • Serious allergic reactions to Betadine are rare. However, seek prompt medical care if you notice symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, such as rash, itching, severe dizziness, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, tongue, or throat.
  • If you notice any other side effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Book a consultation with your doctor or pharmacist through Smarter Health to find out more about the recommended dosage for Betadine. Smarter Health grants you access to healthcare services at home and abroad whenever you need them.

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