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Miconazole

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Miconazole is commonly used for the treatment of skin infections like ringworm, athlete’s foot (infection in the skin of your feet), jock itch (fungal infection in the buttocks, inner thigh and genital’s skin) and other fungal infections. It can also be used for the treatment of pityriasis, which causes lightening/darkening of the skin of the chest, arms, legs and neck. An azole antifungal, Miconazole prevents the growth of the fungus on your skin, thus treating the infections. It is available as a cream, powder, spray liquid and powder as well as a lotion. There is also a suppository form available that is inserted in the vagina for treatment.

The dosage and duration of using Miconazole depends on the type of the infection it is being used for. Apply it twice in a day or as per your doctor’s instructions. Make sure that you do not apply it more than the prescribed times. It will not improve your condition faster, instead increase the side effects. If you are using the vaginal cream or the suppository, read and follow the instructions properly.

The possible side effects that Miconazole could have are a mild irritation on the skin where it is applied, or a burning and itching sensation in the affected area. These symptoms do not require any medical guidance as such. However, consult your doctor at once if you develop an allergic reaction like skin rash, swelling of the lips, tongue and face or hives. An increased redness, pain or inflammation of the affected area must also be brought to the doctor’s notice.

You must dry the area before applying Miconazole in the affected parts. Avoid tight-fitting clothes of synthetic fibres, opt for loose cotton clothes. Also, make sure you do not spray it near your eyes. In case it happens, wash your eyes at once with cool water.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Dermatologist before using this medicine.

Miconazole is used in the treatment of fungal infection in the mouth caused by Candida albicans fungus.

Vaginal Candidiasis

Miconazole is used in the treatment of vaginal infections caused by the fungus Candida albicans.

Skin fungal infections

Miconazole is used in the treatment of skin infections caused by the fungus. It is also used to treat fungal infections of the nails.
Miconazole is not recommended for use if you have a known allergy to this medicine and also allergy to milk protein.
In addition to its intended effect, Miconazole may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Body pain

Major Less Common

Difficulty in breathing

Major Less Common

Fever or chills

Major Less Common

Headache

Major Less Common

Black or tarry stools

Major Rare

Diarrhea

Minor Common

Nausea or vomiting

Minor Common

Stomach pain

Minor Less Common

Loss of appetite

Minor Less Common

Weakness

Minor Less Common

Change in taste

Minor Common

How long is the duration of effect?

The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 24 hours.

What is the onset of action?

The maximum salivary concentration of this medicine can be observed in 7 hours after a buccal dose.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

This medicine is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. Consult your doctor about the potential benefits and risks before deciding to take this medicine.

Is it habit forming?

No habit forming tendencies were reported.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

Clear data is not available about the use of this medicine in the breastfeeding women. Use with caution when the topical cream is applied. Consult your doctor about the potential benefits and risks before deciding to take this medicine.

Missed Dose instructions

The missed dose can be taken as soon as you remember. If it is time for the next dosage then the missed dose can be skipped.

Overdose instructions

Inform your doctor immediately if you are experiencing symptoms of overdose.

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United States

Japan

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Miconazole as ingredient
Dermo Care Laboratories
Drakt Pharmaceutical Pvt Ltd
Merck Ltd
Parker Robinson Pvt. Ltd
Micro Labs Ltd
Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Abbott India Ltd
Blue Cross Laboratories Ltd
Karlin Pharmaceuticals & Exports Pvt Ltd
Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd
Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd
Meyer Organics Pvt Ltd
Anglo-French Drugs & Industries Ltd
Blue Cross Laboratories Ltd
Parker Robinson Pvt. Ltd
Lupin Ltd
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Adonis Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Miconazole is an antifungal. It works by inhibiting the synthesis of ergosterol which is an important component of fungi cell membrane by inhibiting cytochrome P450 14-alpha-demethylase enzyme, thus helps in inhibiting the growth of the organism.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Disease

Liver Disease

Moderate
Miconazole should be used with caution in the patients with liver injury. Any symptoms of rash, yellowing of eyes and skin, abdominal pain should be reported to the doctor.

Interaction with Alcohol

Alcohol

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Interaction with Lab Test

Lab

Information not available.

Interaction with Food

Food

Information not available.

Interaction with Medicine

Alprazolam

Moderate
Report the usage of either of the drugs to the doctor so that suitable dosage adjustments can be suggested. Monitoring of blood levels might be required in some cases. Symptoms like drowsiness and difficulty in breathing should be reported immediately to the doctor.

Warfarin

Major
Usage of Miconazole along with Warfarin is recommended only after dosage adjustment. Safety monitoring is a must in such cases. Signs and symptoms like headache, presence of blood in vomit and urine, weakness, and unusual bleeding should be reported immediately.

Antidiabetic drugs

Moderate
Inform your doctor about the usage of either of these medicines so that suitable replacement could be suggested. This combination can increase the risk of low blood glucose levels. Symptoms like headache, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness should be reported immediately.

Atorvastatin

Moderate
Inform your doctor about the usage of either of these medicines so that suitable replacement could be suggested. This combination can increase the risk of liver injury and kidney injury. Symptoms like dark-colored urine, muscle pain, weakness, joint pain and yellowing of the skin or eyes should be reported immediately.
What are you using Miconazole for?
Skin fungal infections
Other
Vaginal Candidiasis
Oral Thrush
Stomach Pain
How much was the improvement?
Average
Poor
Excellent
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
More than 2 days
Within 2 days
Within a day
Within 2 hours
Within 6 hours
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Twice a day
Not taking on daily level
Thrice a day
Four times A Day
How did you take this medicine?
With or without food
With Food
Empty stomach
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Headache
Body pain
Stomach Pain
Difficulty in breathing
Diarrhea
Fever or chills
Nausea or vomiting
No side effects
No Side Effects
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Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

He's suffering from a skin infection, he has already used Miconazole for it. But I need more solution to it.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
He's suffering from a skin infection, he has already used Miconazole for it. But I need more solution to it.
If this is fungal infection, you have to take anti fungal tablets and creams for 4 to 6 weeks following which it resolves. Do not apply soap on that area and do not self treat with over the counter steroid creams. Mistreatment with steroid creams ...
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I have rashes in skins and increasing day by day and they are looking horrible. What should I do. I have applied miconazole but it seems useless.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
I have rashes in skins and increasing day by day and they are looking horrible. What should I do. I have applied mico...
don't worry..Fungal infection or Ring worm.. when occurs in groin, called as jock itch.. Usually fungal infection is common in moist areas of body like skin folds..It's mostly circular or round in appearance.. May be red or black in colour.. Treat...

I was having a ring work so I treated it with tyza and miconazole then mistakenly I applied deborin on it it becomes red and there are some pimples like.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), Fellowship in Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgery
Dermatologist, Pune
I was having a ring work so I treated it with tyza and miconazole then mistakenly I applied deborin on it it becomes ...
It is a big mistake it will lead to serious side effects you should never apply anything other than the skin specialist advice. Kindly consult back your dermatologist immediately.

I don't have fungal infection but somebody told me to use miconazole nitrate cream over penis to prevent from fungal infection, but it causes me to high itching. What should I do?

Advanced Aesthetics
Ayurveda, Gulbarga
I don't have fungal infection but somebody told me to use miconazole nitrate cream over penis to prevent from fungal ...
Ointments r terbinoforce and sofratus morning and eve apply 2 times a day and tab-fluconozole 150 weekly one tab for 1month.
2 people found this helpful

I get itching on the back side of pelvic region. Especially when prone to moisture. Due to which pimples like arising. Can I use miconazole ointment for that? What should I do to prevent this?

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
I get itching on the back side of pelvic region. Especially when prone to moisture. Due to which pimples like arising...
1. It could be due to fungal infection. You can use miconazole skin ointment 2. Avoid excess sweating 3. Keep the affected area dry 4. Maintain personal hygiene.
1 person found this helpful

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About Miconazole
When is Miconazole prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Miconazole ?
What are the side effects of Miconazole ?
Key highlights of Miconazole
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Miconazole approved?
Medicines containing Miconazole
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Miconazole ?