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Miconazole

Miconazole

Why is this medication prescribed?

Miconazole, an antifungal agent, is used for skin infections such as athlete's foot and jock itch and for vaginal yeast infections.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Miconazole Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; trouble swallowing or breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
  • diarrhea;
  • headache; or
  • changes in your sense of taste.

How should this medicine be used?

Miconazole comes as a cream, lotion, powder, spray liquid, and spray powder to be applied to the skin. It also comes as a cream and suppository to be inserted into the vagina. Miconazole is usually used once or twice a day for 1 month for athlete's foot or 2 weeks for other skin infections. For vaginal infections, it is used once a day at bedtime for 3 (Monistat-3) or 7 (Monistat-7) days. Follow the directions on the package or on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use miconazole exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than directed by your doctor.

How to use miconazole

Before you start the treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. It will give you more information about miconazole and how to apply it.

Wash and dry the infected area of skin before you apply miconazole. You will need to use the preparation regularly for a few weeks. Once all signs of your infection have gone, continue to use it for a further one or two weeks, as this will help to prevent the infection from coming back.

If you have been given miconazole to treat a skin infection, apply a small amount to the affected area twice each day (ideally, in the morning and the evening). Rub the cream/ointment in gently.

Miconazole Interactions

Avoid chewing gum, swishing liquid in your mouth, or hitting the tablet while brushing your teeth.

Avoid wearing an upper denture if it gets in the way of the buccal tablet.

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:

  • phenytoin;
  • insulin or oral diabetes medicine;
  • a blood thinner--warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven; or
  • ergot medicine--dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, ergonovine, methylergonovine.

How to store miconazole

Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.

Store Daktacort® cream in a refrigerator.

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