Miconazole and zinc oxide topical
Medically reviewed on May 23, 2016.
What is miconazole and zinc oxide topical?
Miconazole is an antifungal medicine that fights infections caused by fungus. Zinc oxide is a mineral that acts as a skin protectant.
Miconazole and zinc oxide topical (for the skin) is a combination medicine.
The ointment form of this medicine is used to treat diaper rash with yeast infection (candidiasis) in children and babies who are at least 4 weeks old. Miconazole and zinc oxide topical ointment is for use only on diaper rash that has been diagnosed by a doctor.
The spray form of this medicine is used to treat fungal infections of the skin, such as athlete's foot (tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris), or ringworm (tinea corporis). Miconazole and zinc oxide topical spray is for use by adults and children who are at least 2 years old.
Miconazole and zinc oxide topical should not be used to prevent diaper rash in either children or incontinent adults.
Miconazole and zinc oxide topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
This medicine should not be used to prevent diaper rash.
Before taking this medicine
Do not use the ointment form of this medicine on a child younger than 4 weeks old.
Ask a doctor before using the topical spray on a child younger than 2 years old.
To make sure miconazole and zinc oxide topical is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
a weak immune system caused by disease or by using certain medicines.
It is not known whether miconazole and zinc oxide topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether miconazole and zinc oxide topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use miconazole and zinc oxide topical?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Your doctor may perform lab tests to make sure you have the type of infection that this medicine can treat effectively.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Clean and dry the affected area before applying this medicine. You may use a mild soap.
To use the ointment:
Gently clean the diaper area with warm water and a mild soap. Pat dry with a soft towel.
Apply a thin layer of medicine but do not rub it in to the skin.
Use the ointment each time you change a diaper. This medicine will not be effective without frequent diaper changes.
Change your child's diapers as soon as they become wet or soiled. Keep the diaper area clean and dry.
Do not use miconazole and zinc oxide topical to prevent diaper rash or you may increase your child's risk of infection that is resistant to treatment. Miconazole and zinc oxide topical ointment is not for use on general diaper rash without a related yeast infection.
To use the spray:
Clean and dry the affected skin before applying this medicine.
Shake the bottle well just before each use.
Hold the bottle 4 to 6 inches away and spray directly onto the affected areas and nearby skin.
Allow the spray to dry completely before you dress. There is no need to rub in the medicine.
Apply this medicine twice per day morning and night, or as directed by your doctor.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antifungal medicine. Do not share this medicine with another person, even if they have similar symptoms.
Stop using the medicine and call your doctor if symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse. Diaper rash should start to improve within 1 week of use. Jock itch should improve within 2 weeks, and athlete's foot should improve within 4 weeks. For best results, use this medicine as directed and follow all instructions for keeping the treatment area clean and dry.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube or bottle tightly capped when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since miconazole and zinc oxide topical ointment is used with each diaper change, you are not likely to miss a dose. If you are using the spray on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of miconazole and zinc oxide topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
What should I avoid while using miconazole and zinc oxide topical?
Avoid covering treated skin areas with tight-fitting, synthetic clothing (such as nylon or polyester clothing, or plastic pants) that does not allow air to circulate to your skin. If you are treating your feet, wear clean cotton socks and sandals or shoes that allow for air circulation. Keep your feet as dry as possible.
Rinse with water if this medicine gets in your eyes.
Avoid using scented or perfumed soaps or lotions to clean the diaper area.
Avoid getting this medication in the mouth or vagina.
Miconazole and zinc oxide topical side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe discomfort, redness, or other irritation of treated skin areas.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
Miconazole and zinc oxide topical dosing information
Usual Pediatric Dose for Diaper Rash:
Diaper dermatitis complicated by documented candidiasis:
4 weeks or older: Apply to affected area at each diaper change for 7 days.
What other drugs will affect miconazole and zinc oxide topical?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied miconazole and zinc oxide. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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