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All about: Cadexomer Iodine Gel

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Generic Name: Cadexomer Iodine Gel (ka-DEX-oh-mer EYE-oh-din)
Brand Name: Iodosorb

Cadexomer Iodine Gel is used for:

Cleansing and protecting wounds and sores (eg, wet ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, pressure sores, infected surgical wounds). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor

Cadexomer Iodine Gel is an antibacterial and absorbent agent. It works by absorbing fluid and bacteria from the surface of the wound, which helps it to heal.

Do NOT use Cadexomer Iodine Gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Cadexomer Iodine Gel, including iodine
  • you have Hashimoto thyroiditis, or a history of Grave disease or nontoxic nodular goiter
  • you are pregnant or breast-feeding

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Cadexomer Iodine Gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with Cadexomer Iodine Gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have thyroid or kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Cadexomer Iodine Gel. However, no specific interactions with Cadexomer Iodine Gel are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Cadexomer Iodine Gel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Cadexomer Iodine Gel:

Use Cadexomer Iodine Gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An additional patient leaflet is available with Cadexomer Iodine Gel. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Wash your hands before and after using Cadexomer Iodine Gel, unless your hands are a part of the treated area.
  • Clean the wound and surrounding area with a gentle stream of sterile water, saline, or other wound cleansing solution. Do not dry the area.
  • Spread a thin layer (up to inch) of Cadexomer Iodine Gel on dry, sterile gauze. Use enough medicine to completely cover the wound. With gloved hands, place the prepared gauze onto the wound.
  • If you are treating a venous stasis ulcer, use a compression bandage as directed by your doctor.
  • Change the gauze dressing when the medicine changes from brown to yellow/gray or as directed by your doctor.
  • To change the dressing, peel the gauze away from the wound and cleanse the area. Gently blot away excess fluid and leave the surface slightly moist. Prepare the gauze as before and reapply.
  • If you miss a dose of Cadexomer Iodine Gel, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use Cadexomer Iodine Gel as directed by your doctor.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Cadexomer Iodine Gel.

Important safety information:

  • Cadexomer Iodine Gel is for external use only. Do not get Cadexomer Iodine Gel in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get Cadexomer Iodine Gel in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool water.
  • Cadexomer Iodine Gel is not effective in cleaning dry wounds.
  • The wound may appear larger during the first few days of treatment, due to decreased swelling.
  • Do not use more of Cadexomer Iodine Gel than prescribed.
  • Do not use Cadexomer Iodine Gel for longer than 3 months without checking with your doctor.
  • Cadexomer Iodine Gel may interfere with certain lab tests, including thyroid function tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Cadexomer Iodine Gel.
  • Use Cadexomer Iodine Gel with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Cadexomer Iodine Gel if you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. Cadexomer Iodine Gel is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Cadexomer Iodine Gel.

Possible side effects of Cadexomer Iodine Gel:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild irritation, pain, redness, or swelling at the application site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe or persistent irritation, pain, redness, or swelling at the application site.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Cadexomer Iodine Gel:

Store Cadexomer Iodine Gel at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Cadexomer Iodine Gel out of the reach of children and away from pets

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Cadexomer Iodine Gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Cadexomer Iodine Gel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Cadexomer Iodine Gel. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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