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Generic Name: Abodine Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is abodine (povidone/iodine) used for?

Povidone/iodine solution is an antiseptic combination. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Abodine is commonly used for treating minor wounds and infections, as well as killing bacteria.

How should I take abodine (povidone/iodine)?

Use povidone/iodine solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

Clean the affected area. Apply a small amount of povidone/iodine solution to the affected area. The area may be left uncovered, or you may cover it with a sterile bandage.

How do I store abodine (povidone/iodine)?

Abodine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store abodine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of abodine that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush abodine down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using abodine (povidone/iodine)?

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:

  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • You are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement.
  • You have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances.
  • You have serious burns or deep puncture wounds.
  • You are allergic to any ingredient in povidone/iodine solution.

If you have had a severe allergic reaction to povidone/iodine solution or a medicine that contains iodine, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately. A severe allergic reaction includes a severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, or dizziness. If you have questions about whether you are allergic to povidone/iodine solution or if a certain medicine contains iodine, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

If you experience a skin rash, hives, or itching, or any other unusual reaction after using this product, discontinue use and contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Povidone/iodine solution is for external use only. Do not get povidone/iodine solution in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Do not use povidone/iodine solution over large areas of the body or for more than 1 week unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Contact your doctor before using povidone/iodine solution on serious burns, deep wounds, or puncture wounds.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from abodine (povidone/iodine)?

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if you have skin irritation.

Seek medical attention right away if you have severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.


What drugs may interact with abodine (povidone/iodine)?

Abodine may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with abodine (povidone/iodine)?

Abodine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with abodine (povidone/iodine)?

Abodine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using abodine (povidone/iodine).

What is the dose of abodine (povidone/iodine) for an adult?

Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

What is the dose of abodine (povidone/iodine) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is abodine (povidone/iodine) available?

Abodine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Abodine: Povidone-Iodine:1%; 60ml
  • Abodine: Povidone-Iodine:7.5%; 60ml
  • Abodine: Povidone-Iodine:10%; 60ml

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of abodine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: March 21, 2017 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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