Gargle and Mouthwash

Gargle & Mouthwash



Gargle & Mouthwash

  • Helps stop sore throats fast.
  • A 30-second gargle kills the germs in your mouth and throat.
  • Treats minor infections of the mouth and throat.
  • Contains the active ingredient PVPI (povidone-iodine) 1% w/v. 



PVPI Story

The active ingredient of BETADINE®, povidone-iodine, kill germs quickly to prevent infections24

When povidone iodine, the active ingredient in BETADINE® was invented in 1955, it quickly became known as the universally preferred broad spectrum iodine antiseptic.

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BETADINE®, a synergy of povidone and iodine in an innovative product.

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85% of sore throats are caused by viruses

Frequently Asked Questions

More than 80% of sore throats are caused by viruses5,44. Bacteria are the next most common type of germs that cause sore throats5,43,44.

These viruses and bacteria can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touch an object that has the virus on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs or sneezes) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing) 43.

A sore throat can be caused by different types of germs. Therefore, it is good to use a preparation that target different types and classes of germs.

The moment you feel an itch in your throat, it is always good to use an antiseptic gargle before the situation becomes more serious.You do not want germs to spread to your loved ones. This reduces the chances of them getting the germs before they have chance to act.

Viruses are tiny particles that rely on human or animal cells for their survival, so they cannot last very long outside the body27. They cause illnesses by invading healthy cells and multiplying.

Bacteria are single cell organisms usually found in and on our bodies27. Some bacteria are harmless – and can even be good for us – and some cause infections27.

Salt-water gargle is considered a home remedy which contains salt only. But, salt water has no effect on viruses the main cause of sore throats.

BETADINE® Gargle has scientific research on its germ killing activity against germs that can cause sore throats1-3. With a 30-second gargle, BETADINE® Gargle kill germs2. Individual response varies*.

Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Because majority of sore throats are caused by a virus, antibiotics would not work for such cases.. Most health authorities advise against the over-use of antibiotics so that resistance doesn’t become a big problem.6

For the same reasons, other viral infections like flu should not be treated with antibiotics either6.

If a sore throat persists or is particularly severe, you should see your doctor.
Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor in situations of bacteria related infections*.

* For further information, please check with your doctor or pharmacist.

BETADINE® Gargle kills germs that cause sore throats1, 2 .Research has also shown that the povidone-iodine (PVPI) in BETADINE® Gargle has a 30 seconds killing effect against germs through 30 sec gargling34. Individual response varies.

Since most sore throats are caused by germs5, there are steps that you can take to prevent getting an infection:

  • Avoid sharing utensils with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap.
  • Practice proper hand and throat hygiene by using an antiseptic hand wash and
    gargle, such as BETADINE® Gargle to kill germs and prevent passing on germs
    within the family or community2.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands as germs can.
  • enter your body this way and make you sick.
  • Stay away from people who are ill, as germs can spread.

No, BETADINE® Gargle does not stain the teeth. The natural brown colour is due to povidone-iodine, the active ingredient of BETADINE® Gargle. The product retains the germ killing effect of iodine but unlike iodine, it is generally non-staining3.

BETADINE® preparations do not stain the skin, fingernails, hair, or natural fibre either.3 If you accidentally get BETADINE® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.

Small amount may be swallowed during gargling. If accidentally swallowed in large amounts, consult your local doctor or pharmacist immediately.

BETADINE® Gargle contains povidone-iodine that kills the germs that cause sore throats1-3, in a 30-second gargle. However, it is impossible to say how quickly you will feel better. Individual response condition varies*.

Some cosmetic mouthwashes are meant for fresh breath while BETADINE® Gargle is a medicated formulation for treatment against throat and oral infection10.

Who should not use BETADINE® Gargle?

If you have thyroid disorders, are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not use unless advised by healthcare professional.

Germs that cause sore throats can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touching something that has the germs on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing).

When a loved one suffers from sore throat, flu or a cold, practicing proper throat and oral hygiene like gargling with BETADINE® helps. This lessens the chances of other family members getting it too by killing the germs before they have a chance to act.

The active ingredient in BETADINE®, povidone-iodine, is naturally a golden brown colour. It will not stain your skin, fingernails or hair, although you can see where it’s been applied on the skin3.

If you accidentally get BETADINE® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.