How does it work?
Povidone-iodine belongs to a class of antiseptics known as iodophores. These chemicals exert their antiseptic effect by slowly releasing iodine. Antiseptics (sometimes called germicides) are chemicals that kill or prevent the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and bacterial spores.
Povidone iodine standardised antiseptic solution is an antiseptic skin cleanser used for major and minor surgical procedures. In the presence of blood, serum, purulent exudate and necrotic (dead) tissue, its action persists while the colour remains.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
- Decreased kidney function
- High blood sodium level (hypernatraemia)
- Skin reactions such as rash and itch
- Increased acid levels in the blood (metabolic acidosis)