Cadexomer Iodine

Reviewed on 9/7/2021

What Is Cadexomer Iodine Used For and How Does it Work?

Cadexomer iodine is an over-the-counter (OTC) product used for cleaning wet ulcers and wounds and as an antiseptic for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Cadexomer iodine is available under the following different brand names: Iodosorb.

Dosages of Cadexomer Iodine

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Oral Rinse

  • 0.15%

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:


  • 0.9% iodine


  • 4.7%

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Cleaning Wet Ulcers and wounds

  • Spread 1/8-1/4 inch to dry sterile gauze; apply gauze on wound
  • No more than 50 g per application; no more than 150 g/week
  • Change 3 times/week or when color turns to yellow/gray

Antiseptic for Minor Cuts, Scrapes, Burns

  • Apply small amount to affected area once daily to once every 8 hours

Safety and efficacy not established in pediatric patients.


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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Cadexomer Iodine?

Common side effects of Cadexomer Iodine include:

  • Transient slight/moderate pain
  • Redness or swelling at application site

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Cadexomer Iodine?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Cadexomer Iodine?


This medication contains cadexomer iodine. Do not take Iodosorb if you are allergic to cadexomer iodine or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.


  • Iodine sensitivity
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis, history of Graves' disease or nontoxic goiter
  • Pregnancy, lactation
  • Dry wounds
  • Breastfeeding

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available.

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Cadexomer Iodine?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Cadexomer Iodine?"


  • Limit use of a tube to one patient
  • No more than 3 months

Pregnancy and Lactation

Do not use cadexomer iodine during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.


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