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Betadine is the name of Purdue Pharma's brand of consumer-available povidone-iodine (PVPI) topical antiseptics.

Betadine, like most PVPI products, is available in two formulations:

  1. A solution, sold over-the-counter (OTC) for cleaning minor wounds[1] and used in hospitals to prepare a patient's skin prior to surgery.[2] Solutions are 10% povidone-iodine in water.
  2. A 'surgical scrub', which is a mixture of povidone-iodine and detergent, sold OTC as a skin cleaner and disinfectant hand wash[1] and used for cleansing hands prior to surgery and other aseptic procedures.[2]

Betadine is used in hospital settings as part of a regimen for PEP. Betadine may be used topically for surficial infections of the human rectum.

For lacerations in horses (legs, knees, hocks, pasterns), betadine is widely used to prevent infections. It can be used to disinfect thrush in the medial sulcus of the hoof.