This medication is used to treat certain skin infections caused by fungus (athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch). Miconazole reduces the red skin patches, itching, and peeling that occur with these skin infections. It works by stopping the growth of certain types of fungus. Miconazole belongs to a class of drugs known as azole antifungals.This medication only treats certain fungal skin infections. It will not work for other skin infections (such as those caused by bacteria or viruses). Unnecessary use or overuse of any drug used to treat infection can lead to its decreased effectiveness.This medication is not effective for treating fungal infections of the scalp or nails. Do not use this product on children under 2 years old unless directed by the doctor.If you are self-treating with this medication, it is important to read the package instructions carefully before you start using this product to be sure it is right for you. (See also Precautions section.
How to use Miconazole Nitrate Tincture
Before applying this medication, clean and completely dry the affected areas. If this medication is used on children, parents should apply it for them. Using the brush provided, apply a thin layer of the medication as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily (morning and evening). If you are treating athlete's foot, also apply the medication in between the toes and on the skin around/under the nails. Do not cover with a bandage or wrap the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. Wash your hands after each application.
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, mouth, vagina, or on healthy areas of skin. If this occurs, wipe off the medication and rinse thoroughly with water. Call your doctor if irritation occurs.
Try not to spill this medication. If a spill occurs, wipe it up right away. This medication can damage countertops, floors, and other surfaces.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Do not apply large amounts of this medication, use it more often, or use it for longer than directed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects may increase.
Athlete's foot and ringworm usually require 4 weeks of treatment with miconazole. Jock itch usually requires 2 weeks of treatment. Continue to use this medication for the full time as directed, even if symptoms improve after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow the fungus to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.
Stop using this medication and seek immediate medical attention if your condition lasts after the above length of treatment, if it gets worse, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem.
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before using miconazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other azole antifungals (such as clotrimazole, fluconazole, ketoconazole); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as alcohol, glacial acetic acid), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.
If you are treating athlete's foot, dry thoroughly between the toes after bathing, wear shoes that are breathable, and change shoes and socks at least once daily.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature. Protect from freezing. If freezing occurs, place the medication container in warm water until it reaches room temperature. Store away from heat or open flame because this product is flammable. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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