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Povidone–iodine is traditionally used as a disinfectant for the skin. In lower concentrations, however, povidone-iodine solutions can be used as an antiseptic for the oral cavity. *
Povidone (or PVP) is a water-soluble polymer. When combined with elemental iodine, the complex possesses disinfectant properties. The World Health Organization recognizes the effectiveness and safety of povidone-iodine’s supportive health properties and has included it on the WHO’s List of Essential Medicines.
Povidone-iodine works by releasing iodine which weakens and kills a range or microorganisms. This makes povidone-iodine solutions great for sore throats and minor cuts or scrapes in the mouth caused by dental procedures or accidental injuries. It can also be used to kill the germs that cause bad breath.*
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What color is the iodine solution?
A: PovDine is a golden-brown color. This is the natural color of the active ingredient povidone-iodine.
Q: How many servings per container?
A: The directions state to use 1 tablespoon (15 ml) at a time. There are 2 tablespoons per container, therefore 2 servings if used as directed.
Q: Can I use this as an iodine supplement? Can I swallow this product?
A: No. This product is not meant to be used like an iodine supplement that can be swallowed. Please follow the directions for use and adhere to the warnings stated on the product label.
Q: Can I use this product externally to sanitize the skin or to disinfect skin wounds?
A: This solution contains alcohol and may sting if applied topically to broken skin. Additionally, povidone-iodine solutions sold as skin disinfectants contain a higher concentration of povidone-iodine, usually 10%. This product is only 1% povidone-iodine and may not disinfect the skin as thoroughly as solutions sold specifically for this purpose.
Q: Can I use this product as a nasal spray or for nasal irrigation in a neti pot?
A: This solution contains menthol, which can irritate the mucous membrane lining the nose and sinuses. We do not recommend using this solution for nasal spray or nasal irrigation purposes.
Q: This product contains sodium hydroxide (lye). Is it safe to use?
A: In very small amounts, sodium hydroxide is harmless. It is a common ingredient found in other povidone-iodine products. It’s recommended that you follow the directions for use and adhere to the warnings stated on the product label. Sodium hydroxide can irritate the skin and mucous membranes, so please pay attention to how you react to this product. If any irritation occurs, it is recommended that you discontinue use of this product.
As with any dietary or herbal supplement, you should advise your health care practitioner of the use of this product. If you have ulcers, gallstones or are nursing, pregnant, or considering pregnancy, you should consult your health care provider prior to taking this product. The use of this supplement is not intended to treat any disease, and does not claim to cure or prevent any disease.
Interaction with Medication and Other Supplements
If you are taking medications, you should check with your physician or pharmacist prior to using our products. You can also get drug interaction information from one of the many sites on the internet. Search for: Interaction with Medications, Supplements.
Note Regarding Children
Please do personal research and consult with your health care professional before giving any supplements to children. Suggested use is typically designed for adults and may be higher than you would give to a child.
Consult with Your Healthcare Professional
Please do not use the directions as a substitute for the advice from your health care professional. We are not responsible or liable for any actions or diagnosis made by you based on the instructions. We encourage you to consult with your health care professional, do personal research, and check all our ingredients against a reference book before consuming this product.
*Disclaimer Notice: Our statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Please note that reference to Dr. Clark protocols or production methods does not imply that our products can be proven to be any better than other similar products when using US government approved science. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please read full disclaimer here.
Povidone-iodine (1%), Glycerin, Menthol, Ethyl Alcohol (6%), Sodium Hydroxide, Purified Water
Dilute 1 tablespoon of product with equal amount of water. Gargle the solution for 30 seconds, then spit out. Do not swallow the solution or rinse out mouth afterward. Use up to 4 times daily for no more than 7 days. Not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
Do not use this product if you are allergic to iodine. Store in a cool, dry place. Keep out of reach of children.