Monistat Side Effects

Generic Name: miconazole topical

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug miconazole topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Monistat.

It is possible that some side effects of Monistat may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to miconazole topical: buccal mucosa tablet

As well as its needed effects, miconazole topical (the active ingredient contained in Monistat) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking miconazole topical, check with your doctor immediately:

Less common
  • Body aches or pain
  • cough
  • difficulty with breathing
  • ear congestion
  • fever or chills
  • headache
  • loss of voice
  • lower back or side pain
  • nasal congestion
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pale skin
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Rare
  • Black, tarry stools
  • pale skin
  • shortness of breath
  • ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth

Some miconazole topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Change in taste
  • diarrhea
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • itching skin
  • loss of taste
  • nausea
  • pain, redness, and swelling of the gums
  • sores on the tongue
  • toothache
Less common
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • loss of appetite
  • pain
  • upper abdominal or stomach pain
  • weakness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to miconazole topical: compounding powder, topical cream, topical gel, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical powder, topical spray, topical tincture, vaginal cream, vaginal cream with applicator, vaginal kit, vaginal suppository, vaginal tampon

Local

Local side effects have been reported frequently with topical miconazole therapy. When administered intravaginally or topically, itching, burning and rash have been reported. Contact dermatitis, confirmed by patch testing, has been reported.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have rarely included headache.

Genitourinary

Genitourinary side effects have included cramping, pain, and bleeding with the intravaginal use of miconazole.

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