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Cadexomer Iodine Paste



IODOSORB Paste Dressings are a sterile formulation of Cadexomer Iodine. When applied to the wound, they absorb fluids, removing exudate, pus and debris and forming a gel over the wound surface. As they absorb, iodine is released, killing bacteria and changing color.


A 3-in-1 mode of action kills bacteria, manages exudate, and debrides the wound bed.


  • Helps Promote Wound Healing
    Exudate and debris is removed effectively.
    IODOSORB helps to promote a clean wound healing environment.
    A change in color (white) indicates when IODOSORB should be changed.
    Gel formed over the wound promotes moist healing.
    Accelerated healing rates can lead to earlier patient discharges.

  • Fewer Dressing Changes
    IODOSORB Paste Dressings contain Cadexomer iodine which can absorb up to 6 times its weight in fluid.
    Range of sizes to suit most wound sizes.

  • Patient comfort
    IODOSORB Paste Dressings treat infection, associated pain is reduced which can improve quality of life.
    IODOSORB is non-adhesive which can reduce trauma at dressing changes and encourage patient compliance.



IODOSORB Paste - For use in cleaning wet ulcers and wounds such as venous stasis ulcers, pressure sores, diabetic foot ulcers, and infected traumatic and surgical wounds.


IODOSORB Dressing should not be used on dry necrotic tissue, or on patients with a known sensitivity to iodine or any of the other components. Do not use IODOSORB Dressing on children, pregnant or lactating women or people with renal impairment or thyroid disorders (e.g. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or nontoxic nodular goitre).


There is a potential risk of interaction with lithium, resulting in an increased possibility of hypothyroidism. Do not use IODOSORB Dressing concomitantly with mercurial antiseptics or taurolidine. If the patient is about to undergo thyroid function tests, they should inform the doctor.

Precautions for use

  • The contents of the sachet should be used on one patient only.
  • Do not use IODOSORB Dressing in the vicinity of the eyes, ears, nose or mouth.
  • The product is for external use only.
  • IODOSORB Dressing may cause a slight transient pain especially in the first hour after treatment. This is a sign that the product is beginning to clean the wound. Occasionally, IODOSORB Dressing may cause the skin around the wound edges to swell or redden. This will usually pass. If these symptoms persist or if the patient experiences any other symptoms, they should contact the doctor or nurse.
  • Contact with the skin around the wound edges/intact skin should be minimized.
  • It is possible for an adherent crust to form if the IODOSORB Dressing is allowed to dry out.
  • A single application of IODOSORB Dressing should not exceed 50g (equivalent to 5 x 10g sachets) and not more than 150g (equivalent to 15 x 10g sachets) applied in one week.
  • The duration of treatment should not exceed 3 months.

Ordering codes

Catalogue# Size Units
66060633 5g (4cm x 6cm) 1 bx/5 dressings
66060634 10g (6cm x 8cm) 1 bx/3 dressings
66060635 17g (8cm x 10cm) 1 bx/2 dressings

Instructions for use

Step 1 – Application

  • Clean the wound and the surrounding area with either a gentle stream of sterile water or saline. DO NOT DRY the wound surface.
  • Remove the carrier gauze on both sides of the paste using aseptic technique.
  • Apply IODOSORB Paste Dressings to the wound surface. Apply compression bandaging when appropriate. Any remaining IODOSORB Paste Dressings should be discarded.

Step 2 – Changing

  • IODOSORB Paste Dressings should be changed when the have become saturated with wound fluid, indicated by loss of colour, usually two to three times a week. If the wound is discharging heavily, daily changes may be needed.
  • If necessary, soak the dressing for a few minutes.
  • Gently remove the IODOSORB Paste Dressings using a stream of sterile water or saline.
  • Gently blot any excess fluid, leaving the wound surface slightly moist, before re-applying an IODOSORB Paste Dressing..

Step 3 –After Using IODOSORB Paste Dressings

  • IODOSORB Paste Dressings may cause smarting especially in the first hour after treatment. Occasionally, IODOSORB Paste Dressings may cause the skin around the wound edges to redden. If the symptoms persist, or you experience other symptoms, please contact your doctor or nurse.

Significant evidence at the highest level

Coclusions from the Cochrane Review of antiseptics and antibiotics
for venous leg ulcers

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