povidone iodine ophthalmic

Pronunciation: PO vi done EYE oh dine

Brand: Betadine Ophthalmic Solution

What is the most important information I should know about povidone iodine ophthalmic?

A healthcare professional will apply this medicine while you are being prepared for eye surgery or medical procedure.

What is povidone iodine ophthalmic?

Povidone iodine ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to help prevent infection during surgery or other medical procedures performed on or around your eyes.

Povidone iodine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving povidone iodine ophthalmic?

You should not be treated with povidone iodine ophthalmic if you are allergic to iodine.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had a thyroid disorder.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How is povidone iodine ophthalmic used?

Povidone iodine ophthalmic is applied to your eyelids, eyebrows, and the skin around your eyes. A healthcare professional will apply this medicine while you are being prepared for your surgery or medical procedure.

For a short time after surgery, this medicine may leave a slight yellow stain on the whites of your eyes or on the skin where this medicine was applied. Ask your healthcare provider if you have concerns about iodine staining in your eyes.

Povidone iodine stains can usually be removed from the skin with soap and water. Ask your healthcare provider for instructions about how to remove the stains.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Povidone iodine ophthalmic is used as a single dose in a clinical setting and does not have a daily dosing schedule.

What happens if I overdose?

Since this medicine is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid after receiving povidone iodine ophthalmic?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What are the possible side effects of povidone iodine ophthalmic?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild irritation where the medicine was applied;
  • temporary yellow discoloration of the whites of your eyes; or
  • temporary yellow discoloration on the skin where this medicine was applied.

Less serious side effects may be more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect povidone iodine ophthalmic?

Povidone iodine ophthalmic is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor can provide more information about povidone iodine ophthalmic.

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