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Micatin cream

Generic Name: miconazole (MYE-KON-a-zole)
Brand Name: Examples include Micatin and Tetterine

Micatin cream is used for:

Treating athlete's foot, jock itch, or ringworm and relieving the itching, scaling, burning, and discomfort due to those conditions. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Micatin cream is an antifungal. It works by weakening the fungal cell membrane, which kills the fungus.

Do NOT use Micatin cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Micatin cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Micatin cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Micatin cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Micatin cream. Because little, if any, of Micatin cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Micatin cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Micatin cream:

Use Micatin cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Clean the affected area and dry it thoroughly.
  • Apply a thin layer of medicine over the affected area in the morning and evening unless directed otherwise by your doctor. Rub in gently.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Micatin cream unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • For athlete's foot, pay special attention to the area between the toes. Wear well-fitting, ventilated shoes, and change your shoes and socks at least once daily.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Micatin cream for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Supervise children in the use of this product.
  • If you miss a dose of Micatin cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Micatin cream.

Important safety information:

  • Micatin cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. If you get Micatin cream in your eyes, rinse them immediately with a generous amount of cool water.
  • Micatin cream may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Do not cover the treated area with a bandage or dressing unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If there is no improvement of athlete's foot or ringworm within 4 weeks or jock itch within 2 weeks, or if your condition persists, contact your health care provider.
  • Micatin cream is not effective on the scalp or nails.
  • Micatin cream should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Micatin cream, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Micatin cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Micatin cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Micatin cream, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Micatin cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irritation.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Micatin cream:

Store Micatin cream at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Micatin cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Micatin cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Micatin cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Micatin cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Micatin cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Micatin cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Micatin cream.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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