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What's the difference between iodine and betadine?

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Dr. James Chu
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Topical Betadine

Betadine is the brand name for several topical preparations (scrub, spray, swabs, pads, etc) with 5-10% povidone-iodine, 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, with 2-7% iodine. Betadine is less toxic to human cells than tincture of iodine.

In brief: Topical Betadine

Betadine is the brand name for several topical preparations (scrub, spray, swabs, pads, etc) with 5-10% povidone-iodine, 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, with 2-7% iodine. Betadine is less toxic to human cells than tincture of iodine.
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Betadine is an iodin

Betadine uses iodine as a component of it formulation.
It is an antiseptic.

In brief: Betadine is an iodin

Betadine uses iodine as a component of it formulation.
It is an antiseptic.
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