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
Use this medication only on the skin as directed by your doctor. If you are self-treating, follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
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 immediately. 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 persists after the above length of treatment, if it worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem.