Smith & Nephew Iodosorb Cadexomer Iodine Gel

Smith & Nephew Iodosorb Cadexomer Iodine Gel

Brand/Manufacturer: SMITH & NEPHEW
  • FSA Approved

Iodosorb Cadexomer Gel with iodine is an antimicrobial dressing formulation of Cadexomer Iodine. A 3-in-1 mode of action removes bacteria, manages exudate, and debrides the wound area. Iodosorb is a non-adhesive, which reduces trauma when the product is changed, promoting patient compliance. As the gel absorbs exudate, iodine is released, killing bacteria and changing color as the iodine is used up.

Iodosorb Cadexomer Iodine Gel Benefits

  • Iodosorb Iodine dressing provides sustained antimicrobial activity
  • Wide range of high-level clinical support
  • High absorbency
  • Works by absorbing fluid and bacteria from the surface of the wound
  • Maintains a moist wound environment
  • Antibacterial and the absorbent agent

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Item # Desc Pkg Price
6602124014 10g Tube Each
6602124014 10g Tube 48/Pack
6602125040 40g Tube Each
6602125040 40g Tube 12/Pack

Features of Iodosorb Gel

  • Antimicrobial Properties:
    • The smart release system of Cadexomer Iodine allows Iodosorb gel to provide sustained antimicrobial activity for up to 72 hours.
    • Iodine has a broad antimicrobial spectrum and low kill time at low concentrations.
    • Not only does iodine kill a broad spectrum of microorganisms, but it also does so very rapidly.
  • Odor Control:
    • Odor is generated by infected wounds and heavily colonized by anaerobic and aerobic bacteria.
    • Odor is attributed to the volatiles produced by the bacteria within a wound.
    • Therefore, controlling such bacteria also controls the associated odor.
  • Desloughing Properties:
    • Wound fluid containing bacteria and cellular debris is readily drawn into the Cadexomer matrix.
    • This cleans the wound bed of extra debris and bacteria, thereby promoting wound healing.
    • Desloughing and removing bacteria from the wound is believed to be responsible for the increase in wound healing and the rate of epithelialization.
  • Exudate Control Properties:
    • Cadexomer Iodine manages excess exudate by its ability to absorb up to six times its own weight.
    • This reduces the risk of maceration and leakage.
    • It can result in fewer dressing changes and reduced nursing supervision for patients compared to standard wound management modalities.
  • Cadexomer Iodine Safety:
    • Iodosorb has a concentration of 0.9% Cadexomer Iodine.
    • Studies show that at this concentration and complexed to cadexomer, there is no evidence that Iodosorb is toxic.
    • Moreover, the concentration gradient of iodine is formed with the lowest concentration at the wound surface and the greatest concentration away from the wound.

When to use Iodine Gel?

  • Infected, traumatic, and surgical wounds
  • Treating wet ulcers
  • Pressure sores
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Venous Stasis Ulcers

When not to use Cadexomer Gel?

  • Iodine sensitivity
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis
  • Non-toxic nodular goiter
  • Graves Disease
  • Pregnant or lactating women

How does Iodosorb Ointment work?

  • Cadexomer Iodine is a uniquely formulated starch matrix formed into spherical, highly absorbent microbeads containing 0.9% elemental iodine.
  • The Cadexomer is a 3D cross-linked polysaccharide starch matrix.
  • The 0.9% iodine is physically bound to the Cadexomer matrix and only released when required. Wound fluid and exudate are absorbed into the Cadexomer beads of the Cadexomer Iodine, allowing the iodine to be released slowly.
  • When Cadexomer Iodine is applied to the wound surface, exudate, pus, and debris are absorbed into the Cadexomer beads.
  • The beads will swell, resulting in the formation of a demonstrable gel.
  • The presence of exudate and the consequent swelling of the beads results in the cross-linked bonds of the Cadexomer matrix breaking and the iodine being released into the surrounding wound environment.
  • When the iodine is released, the amount of iodine released will be to a level such that the concentration of iodine in the dressing and the wound environment reach equilibrium.
  • The equilibrium will remain and no further iodine will be released until the balance is disturbed.
  • Once the iodine in the surrounding wound environment has been depleted, more will be released from the product until the equilibrium is reached again and will remain until disturbed.
  • This process will continue until all the 0.9% iodine within the product has been exhausted.

What to buy with Iodosorb Wound Gel

How to use Smith & Nephew Iodosorb Iodine Gel?

  1. Open the tube and squeeze the gel onto non-adherent gauze to the shape of the ulcer and to a depth of 3 to 4 mm.
  2. Position the Iodosorb gel face of the gauze on the wound surface and apply mild pressure to fix it in place.
  3. Gently take off the existing dressing, which should be moistened with saline if it is tending to adhere to the wound surface.
  4. Remove any remaining Iodosorb with a gentle stream of saline or sterile water if applicable.
  5. Gently blot away any excess fluid before re-applying the Iodosorb wound dressing.


  • As Iodosorb Gel contains 0.9% w/w iodine it should not be used in patients with known or suspected Iodine sensitivity
  • Iodosorb Gel is contraindicated in Hashimoto Thyroiditis
  • In patients with a prior history of Graves Disease, it is not recommended to use iodine-containing products, which include Iodosorb Gel
  • The gel should not be used in the case of non-toxic nodular goitre
  • Patients with a past history of any thyroid disorder are more susceptible to alteration in thyroid metabolism with chronic Iodosorb therapy
  • In endemic goiter, there have been isolated reports of hyperthyroidism associated with Iodosorb
  • There is a potential for interaction of iodine with the following drugs and therefore co-administration is not recommended, Lithium, Sulphafurazoles and Sulphonylureas
  • It has been observed occasionally that an adherent crust can form when the dressing is not changed with significant frequency
  • Iodine can cross the placental barrier and is secreted into milk
  • Do not use Iodosorb Ointment in pregnant or lactating women

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