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    Information about Miconazole

    Miconazole uses

    Miconazole is used in the treatment of fungal infections.

    How miconazole works

    Miconazole is an antifungal medication. It kills and stops the growth of the fungi by destroying its cell membrane, thereby treating your skin infection.

    Common side effects of miconazole

    Nausea, Vomiting, Loss of taste sensation
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    18 Feb 2020 | 05:21 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Miconazole

    • Your doctor has prescribed Miconazole to cure your infection and improve symptoms.
    • Some tips for personal hygiene:
      • Wash your hands with soap before and after applying the cream.
      • Do not share your towel or clothes with anyone. 
      • Wear clean clothes every day to prevent infection.
    • Apply an amount sufficient to cover the affected area and 1 inch of the immediate surrounding skin.
    • Treatment may be needed for 2 to 6 weeks for skin infections and 6 weeks to 6 months for nail infections.
    • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better.
    • Avoid getting it in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If accidental exposure occurs, rinse immediately with plenty of water.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

    Frequently asked questions for Miconazole


    Q. Do you need a prescription for Miconazole?

    Yes, you can use Miconazole only as a prescription medicine. This means that you can use this medicine only if your doctor prescribes it to you. You should seek the advice of your doctor regarding the type of skin infection you have and the duration of treatment which is required.

    Q. Can I use Miconazole during the day?

    Miconazole needs to applied twice daily (morning and night). Whereas, for vaginal infections Miconazole should be used once before bedtime.

    Q. Are clotrimazole and Miconazole the same?

    No, Clotrimazole and Miconazole are not the same, but uses of both are almost similar. Both Clotrimazole and Miconazole belong to imidazole class of antifungals.

    Q. How long does Miconazole take to work?

    If you are using Miconazole to treat jock itch, your symptoms should improve over 2 weeks of treatment. Whereas, in case of athlete's foot or ringworm, your symptoms should improve over 4 weeks of treatment. Consult your doctor if your symptoms persist or if your symptoms get worse at any time during your treatment.

    Q. Does Miconazole itch or burn?

    Miconazole may cause itching and burning on the application site. These side effects are uncommon and occur in very few people. Consult your doctor if burning or itching persists.

    Q. How to apply the Miconazole?

    Wash the infected area and dry it well. Apply Miconazole onto the infected area and the surrounding skin. Massage it gently onto the affected area. Wash your hands carefully after applying Miconazole to avoid spreading the infection to other parts of the body or to other people. Similarly, clothing which comes into contact with the infected areas, such as socks, should be washed and changed frequently. In fact, you should keep a towel for your own use and not share it so that you do not infect anyone else.

    Q. Is Miconazole safe to use in children?

    Miconazole cream is generally safe for children if used in the prescribed doses for the prescribed duration of time as directed by the doctor. However, minor side effects may occur which are not bothersome. In case there is a burning sensation and severe itching and redness at the application site, stop the medicine and contact your doctor.

    Q. Can I stop the treatment if my symptoms clear up?

    No, you should continue the treatment even if symptoms clear up. Continue treatment for 7 days (skin infections) or 10 days (nail infections) after all the symptoms have cleared to prevent them from coming back. If symptoms persist consult your doctor.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)