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Iodine / Methyl Salicylate

    DAE Class; Rx

    Common Brand Names; Iodex


    Iodine / Methyl Salicylate is used for Hyperthyroidism, Radiation emergency associated with the use of radioactive iodides, Fungal skin infection, Leg ulcers, Anti-pain topical medication, Muscle or joint pain, Muscle strains, Arthritis, Bruising, Back pain and other conditions.

    It is indicated in as a topical in bruises, strains and sprains, chilblains (painful inflammation of small blood vessels in skin due to repeated exposure to cold) when skin intact, arthritis (one or more joint swelling/tenderness).


    It is contraindicated in conditions like: thyrotoxicosis (excess thyroid hormone action at the tissue level), diabetes, low levels of VIT K, anemia, hemophilia (disorder in which blood doesn’t clot), decrease in blood clotting protein prothrombin, clotting disorder (increased bleeding risk). Produces allergic reaction with salicylates, NSAIDS & Iodine & Iodide containing products.

    Its common side effects include:

    • Stinging sensation on the skin

    Infrequent side effects include:

    • Dry skin
    • Skin irritation

    Very rare but severe side effects include:

    • Feeling of throat tightness
    • Hypersensitivity reactions to drug
    • Shallow ulcer on skin
    • Skin ulcer
    • Fluid accumulation round the eye
    • Skin inflammation because of topically applied medicine.
    Before using Iodine / Methyl Salicylate, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug. Take as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product insert. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.
    • Allergic reactions
    • Blood dyscrasias
    • Candidiasis
    • Darkening of tongue
    • Have high blood pressure problems
    • Pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding
    • Skin erythema
    Is Iodine / Methyl Salicylate safe to use when pregnant?
    • Iodine: Please consult with your doctor for case-specific recommendations.
    • Methyl Salicylate: Please consult with your doctor for case-specific recommendations.
    Is Iodine / Methyl Salicylate safe while breastfeeding?
    • Iodine: Please discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
    • Methyl Salicylate: Please discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.


    Child Dose

    Iodine / Methyl Salicylate


    • Iodine 4 %w/w, Methyl Salicylate 5 %w/w