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Old 06-28-2012, 06:53 PM
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Sorry if the has been asked/answered somewhere. I searched but couldn't find this specifically addressed.

I was in a store the other day about to pick up some Betadine when, right next to it, was a generic (store brand) povidone-iodine solution. I noticed that the Betadine was 5 bucks more for an 8 oz. bottle than the generic.

I read the ingredients and both have the same Iodine content but the "inactive ingredients" were different (sorry, don't remember exactly what the were).

My first question is: - Does the ingredient combination in Betadine make it somehow more effective than the generic, or are they just trying to bone me for buying the name brand?

Second question (below): - While searching for this info I noticed a couple threads with conflicting advice on using Betadine.

One said NEVER use it on a cut that you are going to suture.

Another said they pour it over/in the cut prior to suturing.

Where do you doctors/medics come down on this?
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No difference, buy the generic
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betadine/povidone-iodine are the same. you can use it to clean wounds, but make sure you thoroughly flush the wound out good before it is closed. reason being, bad bugs can grow in betadine. it used to be (when it first came out many years ago) they would partially fill a basin with the stuff for that patient, and then just cover it with a sterile towel for future skin cleansing for the whole shift or day or whatever. after awhile, nosocomial infections started to occur and it was finally traced to the betadine being left in basins. bad bugs in there.
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same thing with most meds as well, generics are the same exact compounds use them when you can to save some money.
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buy thru your vet med channels and save even more $$$$$$$$$$$$
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Have used betadine for years - tried the generic - the generic was watery compared to the real stuff. Hard pressed to pay the difference but the commander in chief has decreed I only buy the real stuff.
In reality - I believe they both work equally well. SIL was at Mayo Clinic for minor surgery recently and they have gone to a blue liquid. Any one know what that might be ??
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betadine or the generic comes in several forms so you have to really read what your getting. there is ointment, surgical scrub (sometimes thicker), solution (usually a little more watery), etc. just read the labels carefully to get what you really want.
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I think I know the answer to this but since you've probably had experience...

I was looking at a bottle of povidone-iodine on a vet supply site. The label said "not for human use."

I'm guessing that's just some kind of hooey to keep people from using the cheaper stuff?
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I think I know the answer to this but since you've probably had experience...

I was looking at a bottle of povidone-iodine on a vet supply site. The label said "not for human use."

I'm guessing that's just some kind of hooey to keep people from using the cheaper stuff?
yep, the same with antibiotics, they're ok.
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If I remember correctly it's federal law (for whatever that's worth) for store brands to be of the same quality and effectiveness as a name brand. The same goes for all store v. name brand items. So basically when you buy a name brand you're doing just that...buying a name.
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those items regulated by the FDA have to meet all the same criteria for ingredients, quality control, etc., no matter if they are name brand or generic.
the non-regulated items are all the supplements, herbals, etc. that are not regulated by the FDA. these include many internet sold pharmaceuticals as well. those are the things that can vary widely in ingredients, quality, etc., even when labeled as the same item, depending on the manufacturer.
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