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Is povidone iodine and iodine the same?

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Dr. James Chu
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Depends on items

Povidone iodine (betadine) is found in several topical preparations (scrub, spray, swabs, pads, etc) as a strong antiseptic, used to prevent bacterial growth.
Iodine is a chemical element that the thyroid gland uses to synthesize thyroid hormone. If you mean tincture of iodine, this is a disinfectant also, with 2-7% iodine. Povidone iodine is less toxic to human cells than tincture of iodine.

In brief: Depends on items

Povidone iodine (betadine) is found in several topical preparations (scrub, spray, swabs, pads, etc) as a strong antiseptic, used to prevent bacterial growth.
Iodine is a chemical element that the thyroid gland uses to synthesize thyroid hormone. If you mean tincture of iodine, this is a disinfectant also, with 2-7% iodine. Povidone iodine is less toxic to human cells than tincture of iodine.
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Dr. David Geffner
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: No

Povidone-iodine is a combination of polyvinylpyrrolidone (povidone, pvp) and elemental iodine.
It contains from 9.0% to 12.0% available iodine and is used topically to fight infection. Iodine is an element. It can be present in many forms besides povidone-iodine.

In brief: No

Povidone-iodine is a combination of polyvinylpyrrolidone (povidone, pvp) and elemental iodine.
It contains from 9.0% to 12.0% available iodine and is used topically to fight infection. Iodine is an element. It can be present in many forms besides povidone-iodine.
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