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Table of Contents > Drugs >  Miconazole
Miconazole
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Foreign Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(mi KON a zole)

Brand Names
Absorbine® Antifungal Foot Powder [OTC]; Breezee® Mist Antifungal [OTC]; Femizol-M®[OTC]; Fungoid® Creme; Fungoid® Tincture; Lotrimin® AF Powder [OTC]; Lotrimin® AF Spray Liquid [OTC]; Lotrimin® AF Spray Powder [OTC]; Maximum Strength Desenex® Antifungal Cream [OTC]; Micatin® Topical [OTC]; Mitrazol®[OTC]; Monistat-Derm™ Topical; Monistat™ Vaginal; M-Zole® 7 Dual Pack [OTC]; Ony-Clear® Spray; Prescription Strength Desenex®[OTC]; Zeasorb-AF® Powder [OTC]

Foreign Brand Names
Aloid (Mexico); Daktarin (Mexico); Dermifun (Mexico); Fungiquim (Mexico); Gyno-Daktarin (Mexico); Gyno-Daktarin V (Mexico); Neomicol® (Mexico)

Therapeutic Categories
Antifungal Agent, Parenteral; Antifungal Agent, Topical; Antifungal Agent, Vaginal

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

  • Miconazole intravaginal cream or suppository may increase warfarin's effect. May cause bleeding or bruising when used together.


Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to another fungal antibiotic, miconazole, or any other part of the medicine.
  • If you are taking cisapride.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used for the treatment of fungus (yeast) infections. The infection can be on the skin, or in the vagina.


How does it work?

  • Miconazole makes the skin of the fungus (yeast) leaky. This kills the fungus (yeast).


How is it best taken?

  • Skin:
    • Do not take by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Clean affected area before use.
    • Use a small amount over the area affected as a light film. Rub in gently.
    • Do not put coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) over the area unless told to do so by healthcare provider.
    • Spray or sprinkle powder over affected area.
  • Vaginal:
    • Use tablet or cream vaginally.
    • Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Wash hands before and after use.
  • Use entire prescription as directed, even if feeling better.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Use a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not use a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.
  • Vaginal:
    • If you are taking warfarin, talk with healthcare provider. Could have increased bleeding or bruising when using the 2 medicines together.
    • Do not use if you have belly pain, fever, or bad-smelling discharge. Talk with healthcare provider.
    • Use sanitary napkin or pad to protect clothing. This medicine may stain.
    • Read information enclosed with product before use. Talk with healthcare provider if you have any questions.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Skin:
    • Redness, burning, stinging, and itching.
  • Vaginal:
    • Mild burning, irritation, or stinging.
    • Lower belly cramping or bloating.


What should I monitor?

  • Vaginal and skin:
    • Number of fungus (yeast) infections. If these occur often, talk with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Any rash.
  • Skin:
    • Severe redness, stinging, blistering, peeling, swelling, or itching.
    • No improvement in condition after 28 days or feeling worse.
  • Vaginal:
    • No improvement in 7 days or feeling worse.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store at room temperature.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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