Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Povidone-iodine

Synonym(s): Polyvinylpyrrolidone-iodine, PVP iodine

Contributor(s): Prof Derek Knottenbelt

Introduction

Name

  • Povidone-iodine.

Class of drug

  • Antiseptic.
  • Iodophor formulation releasing free iodine.

Description

Chemical name

  • 1-ethenyl-2-pyrrolidinone homopolymer compound + iodine.
  • 1-vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone polymers, iodine complex.

Molecular formula

  • C6H9I2NO.

Molecular weight

  • 364.95.

Physical properties

  • Solution.

Uses

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Indications

  • Wound disinfection   Wound: preparation  .
  • Surgical preparation.
  • Navel sterilization, although this is not now recommended as chlorhexidine   Chlorhexidine  is far more effective.

Administration

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Pharmocokinetics

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Precautions

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Adverse Reactions

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Further Reading

Publications

Other sources of information

  • Derived fromThe Veterinary Formulary4th edn (1998) Bishop, Y (Ed.). British Veterinary Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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