What is betaisodona?

Betaisodona is an antiseptic, i.e. a germicidal agent. It contains iodine as an active ingredient in a chemical compound. The various forms in which Betaisadona is available fight a wide range of pathogens and support wound healing.

What forms of betaisodona are there?

  • ointment
  • solution
  • Wound gel
  • spray
  • Oral antiseptic


Betaisodona in the form of ointment can be bought at the pharmacy without a prescription. In contrast to the alcohol-based iodine tinctures, which were frequently used in the past, the Betaisodona® ointment does not cause skin irritation or a burning sensation in the affected area.

The ointment is often used for cuts or open wounds, but larger injuries should always be clarified with a doctor.

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  • Betaisodona as a solution is often used for the one-time disinfection of the patient's skin or mucous membranes before an operation.
  • Another area of ​​application are antiseptic wound treatments or burns, whereby the application should always be limited in time.

Many smaller wounds that one sustains in everyday life can be treated with Betaisodona, which is why it is an important part of the medicine cabinet. However, larger wounds should always be examined by a doctor so that they are treated properly.

  • In hospitals, surgeons also use the Betaisodona solution for surgical hand disinfection.

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Wound gel

Betaisodona is also available as a wound gel, whereby it (like the solution or the ointment) contains povidone-iodine as an active ingredient and thus has a disinfectant effect. It is most commonly used on open wounds that could become infected. Examples of this are burns, abrasions or cuts.

The wound gel can help prevent the formation of pus and also supports wound healing. The wound gel is intended for external use.

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The Betaisodona Spray is also suitable for application to the skin and serves to kill germs and bacteria. Like the other forms of betaisodona, it has an antiseptic effect and can have a positive effect on the wound healing process.

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Oral antiseptic

Betaisodona is also available as an oral antiseptic, where it is used to prevent and treat infections in the mouth. The oral antiseptic is also available from pharmacies without a prescription and contains povidone iodine as an active ingredient.

It is most commonly used just before dental procedures, especially in immunocompromised patients or those who are at increased risk of endocarditis. It is used for the one-time, antiseptic treatment of the oral mucosa and should act for about 30 seconds and then spat out.

For long-term use, Betaisodona can also be used several times a day as a mouth rinse, although this should only be done by a doctor's order.

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Indications for betaisodona

  • Open wounds
  • Inflammation of the nail bed
  • boil
  • Pimples / acne

Open wounds

Betaisodona is often used for open wounds that could possibly become infected, which is why every medicine cabinet should not be missing it. A great advantage is that the ointment, wound gel, solution or spray can be applied directly to the open wound.

It is also very pleasant for those affected that the application does not cause a strong burning sensation, as the iodine contained is only released gradually. During this release of iodine, the affected area turns brown. As soon as the color wears off, the effect of Betaisodona also wears off and it should be added.

Inflammation of the nail bed

There are various treatment options for nail bed inflammation, which you can read again in detail in the following article: Treatment of nail bed inflammation

One possibility here is the use of Betaisodona ointment. To do this, the drug is applied to the affected area (finger or toe) about twice a day to allow the inflammation to heal. If there is no improvement within a few days, a doctor should be consulted who can diagnose any trigger for the inflammation in the nail bed and treat it if necessary.

If an inflammation of the nail bed is not properly corrected, the infection can, in the worst case, spread to other structures in the body (bones, joints, etc.) and even lead to blood poisoning.


A boil is an encapsulated collection of pus caused by inflammation of the hair follicle. This leads to painful nodule formation near the hair root, which is very uncomfortable.

An antiseptic ointment, such as Betaisodona, can be purchased without a prescription in the pharmacy and supports the healing process. The germicidal effect combats the bacteria that cause the inflammation and the symptoms are alleviated. In the case of very large boils that do not show any improvement even after using Betaisodona ointment, a doctor should be consulted.

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Pimples / acne

Betaisodona can be used especially in the form of a solution against pimples. The solution is particularly effective for inflamed pimples and promotes the healing process through its antiseptic effect.

However, it does not help with deep pimples that are closed and have no opening to the surface. It also does not have any properties that counteract pimples and therefore cannot be used for prevention. In the case of pronounced acne, an effective therapy should be sought by a dermatologist.

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Active ingredient / effect

Betaisodona contains povidone iodine as an active ingredient and is an antiseptic. Povidone iodine is effective against a wide range of pathogens and has the following effects:

  • bactericidal (against bacteria)
  • virucidal (against viruses)
  • fungicidal (against fungi)
  • sporocidal (against spores)

Betaisodona is used for a limited time, is used repeatedly and is available from pharmacies without a prescription. Typical of the drug is the brownish discoloration, which indicates the effectiveness of the agent. If the color fades, the drug should be reapplied.

Thanks to the active ingredient povidone iodine, Betaisodona is also effective in an acidic environment (pH approx. 6.7). A low pH value is usually found in wounds or inflammations, which is why Betaisodona has proven itself to be a very effective drug in such cases.

side effect

Betaisodona, like almost every drug, can have side effects, the frequency of which can be found in the package insert.
Side effects are rare with betaisodona.

  • A hypersensitivity reaction of the skin (itching, reddening, blisters) may occur in less than 1 in 1,000 people treated.
  • Anaphylactic reaction occurs in less than 1 in 10,000 people.

Other, very rare, side effects can be electrolyte and serum osmolarity disorders or impaired kidney function. However, these effects were only seen in patients who received large amounts of betaisodona. This is the case, for example, with burn victims.


Betaisodona should not be applied at the same time as hydrogen peroxide or other disinfectants (e.g. taurolidine), as this may weaken the effectiveness. This applies when the same wound is treated with different preparations. In the event of an injury, you should commit to an antiseptic and then not combine it with other preparations on the same wound.

  • For example, a combination with disinfectants containing mercury can lead to a reaction that creates a corrosive compound (mercury iodide).
  • Even if Betaisodona is used at the same time as the active ingredient octenidine, there may be an interaction that is manifested by dark discoloration.
  • If betaisodona is taken in large quantities and taken at the same time as lithium, temporary hypothyroidism can occur. This drug combination can occur in patients suffering from depression, for example.

However, there are no known interactions with other drugs that are taken at the same time for other diseases.

Counter-indications - When should Betaisodona not be given?

  • Some patients are hypersensitive to iodine. Then Betaisodona should not be taken, as this can lead to an allergic reaction.
  • Betaisodona is also contraindicated in patients with an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). This also applies to other existing thyroid diseases. Consultation with your family doctor should be held here.
  • In the case of radio-iodine therapy (radiation therapy with iodine), Betaisodona should also not be used during the entire period of radiation, but only after the treatment has ended.
  • Another contraindication is the very rare chronic skin inflammation dermatitis herpetiformis Duhring.


Betaisodona is suitable for the treatment of inflammatory wounds and can be applied as long as there are still signs of inflammation. However, if symptoms do not improve after 2-5 days, you should consult a doctor.

Unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor, the drug is applied thinly to the affected area once or twice a day. The typical brown discoloration indicates the effectiveness. If the discoloration recedes or an area is not colored at all, a little betaisodona should be added to ensure the effect.

How do I use Betaisodona correctly?

Depending on the form in which Betaisodona is used, different things should be considered.

  • In the case of the ointment or the wound gel, the medication should be applied thinly and, if necessary, a glove should be worn to avoid discoloration of the hands. The affected area should be completely covered.
  • When using a Betaisodona solution, this can be applied either undiluted or diluted with water. Here, too, the area should be completely covered without being “drowned”.

The solution should never be swallowed. If the solution is used to disinfect the skin, certain exposure times should be observed.

  • In areas of skin with little sebum, the exposure time varies between 1 and 3 minutes (1 minute before an injection, 3 minutes before an operation), depending on the subsequent procedure.
  • For skin rich in sebum, the exposure time is at least 10 minutes.

If Betaisodona is diluted for baths or washing, the mixing ratio should be strictly adhered to and, if necessary, discussed with a doctor.


Betaisodona prices vary depending on the pack size and form of the drug.

  • As an ointment, 25g can be bought for around 5 euros.
  • 30ml Betaisodona solution also cost about 5 euros.
  • The Betaisodona oral antiseptic is priced at around 11 euros for 100 ml.

Betaisodona and alcohol - are they compatible?

There are no known side effects that occur when Betaisodona and alcohol are taken at the same time.

Alternatives to Betaisodona

There are a variety of antiseptic medications that can be used on inflammatory wounds that aid the healing process.

  • A very popular alternative is, for example, the iodine-free Bepanthen, which is very suitable for patients with an overactive thyroid.
  • It is also possible to use Octenisept, which is available as an ointment or spray and also has a disinfectant effect.

Further alternatives can also be requested from the pharmacy or doctor.
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Smaller wounds that are perhaps only superficial can also be treated well with certain home remedies.

  • An example of this is chamomile tea, which can be applied as a cold compress to the affected wound area.
  • Honey or tea tree oil are also antiseptic.

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Can be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

Betaisodona should only be used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding if specifically directed by your doctor. If it is taken during pregnancy, the child's thyroid levels are closely monitored.

The area of ​​application is also very small for newborns and infants up to 6 months of age and Betaisodona should only be used after consultation with a doctor.

Effectiveness of the pill

The pill can still be taken without hesitation.

How does betaisodona affect wound healing?

When using betaisodona, iodine is released. This iodine kills pathogens and thus supports wound healing. The main component of Betaisodona is the active ingredient povidone-iodine, which quickly reaches its site of action and reacts there with the surface and ensures that the pathogen dies.

The disinfecting effect results from the fact that oxygen radicals are formed when iodine comes into contact with damp skin. These oxygen radicals are very aggressive and can then kill the pathogens.

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How long does Betaisodona keep and can I still use it after it has expired?

  • Betaisodona as an ointment has a shelf life of 3 years and should not be used after the expiry date. If the drug is exposed to temperatures above 25 degrees, its effectiveness can no longer be guaranteed.
  • The same information also applies to Betaisodona solution.
  • In the case of betaisodona in the form of an oral antiseptic, it may be used for a maximum of 1 year after opening the bottle. Here, too, the medication may only be stored protected from heat.