Miconazole Antifungal Medication

Miconazole is an antifungal medication commonly used to treat yeast infections, oral thrush, and vaginal fungal infections. It works by stopping the growth of fungus. Miconazole is available in various forms such as creams, powders, and suppositories.
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Drug
Where to get
Available over the counter at pharmacies
Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Miconazole FAQ


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What are the side effects of miconazole?

itching, peeling, or dry skin. Although the risk of serious side effects is low when miconazole topical is applied to the skin, side effects can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream, including: headache. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.

What is miconazole used for?

Miconazole, sold under the brand name Monistat among others, is an antifungal medication used to treat ring worm, pityriasis versicolor, and yeast infections of the skin or vagina. It is used for ring worm of the body, groin (jock itch), and feet (athlete's foot). It is applied to the skin or vagina as a cream or ointment.

How do you use miconazole cream?

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. If you are using miconazole cream to treat a nail infection, apply the cream to the infected nail once or twice a day.

Can miconazole be used to treat pityriasis?

This medication is also used to treat a skin condition known as pityriasis ( tinea versicolor ), a fungal infection that causes a lightening or darkening of the skin of the neck, chest, arms, or legs. Miconazole is an azole antifungal that works by preventing the growth of fungus. Use this medication on the skin only.

What information is available on miconazole?

More information is available on miconazole including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions, whether the medicine is available at a government subsidised price on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) as well as other useful information.

Can miconazole be used externally?

Miconazole is used externally for the treatment of ringworm, jock itch, and athlete's foot. Internal application is used for oral candidiasis or vaginal thrush ( yeast infection ). Miconazole is generally well tolerated. The oral gel can cause dry mouth, nausea and an unpleasant taste in about 1–10% of people.

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