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Miconazole (Topical)

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 31, 2019.

Pronunciation

(mi KON a zole)

Index Terms

  • Miconazole Nitrate

Dosage Forms

Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling. [DSC] = Discontinued product

Aerosol, External, as nitrate:

Lotrimin AF: 2% (150 g)

Aerosol Powder, External, as nitrate:

Cruex Prescription Strength: 2% (85 g)

Desenex Jock Itch: 2% (113 g)

Lotrimin AF Deodorant Powder: 2% (133 g)

Lotrimin AF Jock Itch Powder: 2% (133 g)

Lotrimin AF Powder: 2% (133 g)

Cream, External, as nitrate:

Antifungal: 2% (14 g, 28 g, 42.5 g) [contains benzoic acid]

Antifungal: 2% (113 g, 198 g) [contains cetyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben]

Baza Antifungal: 2% (4 g [DSC], 57 g [DSC], 142 g [DSC])

Carrington Antifungal: 2% (141 g) [contains disodium edta, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben]

Cavilon: 2% (56 g, 141 g) [latex free; contains disodium edta, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben]

Micaderm: 2% (30 g)

Micatin: 2% (14 g) [contains benzoic acid]

Miconazole Antifungal: 2% (30 g) [contains edetate disodium, ethylparaben, trolamine (triethanolamine)]

Podactin: 2% (28.35 g) [contains benzoic acid]

Remedy Antifungal: 2% (118 mL) [contains methylparaben, propylparaben, trolamine (triethanolamine)]

Secura Antifungal: 2% (57 g [DSC]) [contains cetearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben]

Secura Antifungal Extra Thick: 2% (92 g [DSC]) [contains cetearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben]

Soothe & Cool INZO Antifungal: 2% (56.7 g, 141.7 g)

Generic: 2% (15 g, 28.4 g [DSC], 30 g)

Cream, Vaginal, as nitrate:

Miconazole 7: 2% (45 g) [contains benzoic acid]

Generic: 2% (45 g)

Kit, External, as nitrate:

Fungoid Tincture: 2% [contains benzyl alcohol]

Kit, Vaginal, as nitrate:

GoodSense Miconazole 1: Cream, topical: 2% (9 g) and Suppository, vaginal: 1200 mg [contains benzoic acid]

Miconazole 3 Combo Pack: Cream, topical: 2% (9 g) and Suppository, vaginal: 200 mg (3s)

Miconazole 3 Combo Pack: Cream, topical: 2% (9 g) and Suppository, vaginal: 200 mg (3s) [contains benzoic acid]

Vagistat-3: Cream, topical: 2% (9 g) and Suppository, vaginal: 200 mg (3s) [DSC] [contains benzoic acid]

Ointment, External, as nitrate:

Aloe Vesta Antifungal: 2% (56 g, 141 g)

Aloe Vesta Clear Antifungal: 2% (56 g, 141 g) [dye free, fragrance free]

Critic-Aid Clear AF: 2% (4 g [DSC], 57 g [DSC], 142 g [DSC])

DermaFungal: 2% (113 g)

Remedy Antifungal Clear: 2% (71 g) [contains soybean oil]

Triple Paste AF: 2% (28.7 g, 56.7 g) [contains polysorbate 80]

Powder, External, as nitrate:

Desenex: 2% (43 g, 85 g)

Lotrimin AF: 2% (90 g)

Micro Guard: 2% (85 g [DSC])

Remedy Antifungal: 2% (85 g)

Remedy Antifungal: 2% (85 g [DSC]) [talc free; contains methylparaben]

Remedy Phytoplex Antifungal: 2% (85 g) [paraben free; contains sodium benzoate, soy protein]

Zeasorb-AF: 2% (71 g)

Zeasorb-AF: 2% (71 g [DSC]) [starch free]

Solution, External, as nitrate:

Azolen Tincture: 2% (29.57 mL) [contains benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol]

Fungoid Tincture: 2% (29.57 mL) [contains benzyl alcohol]

Suppository, Vaginal, as nitrate:

Miconazole 7: 100 mg (7 ea)

Miconazole 3: 200 mg (3 ea)

Generic: 100 mg (7 ea [DSC])

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Aloe Vesta Antifungal [OTC]
  • Aloe Vesta Clear Antifungal [OTC]
  • Antifungal [OTC]
  • Azolen Tincture [OTC]
  • Baza Antifungal [OTC] [DSC]
  • Carrington Antifungal [OTC]
  • Cavilon [OTC]
  • Critic-Aid Clear AF [OTC] [DSC]
  • Cruex Prescription Strength [OTC]
  • DermaFungal [OTC]
  • Desenex Jock Itch [OTC]
  • Desenex [OTC]
  • Fungoid Tincture [OTC]
  • GoodSense Miconazole 1 [OTC]
  • Lotrimin AF Deodorant Powder [OTC]
  • Lotrimin AF Jock Itch Powder [OTC]
  • Lotrimin AF Powder [OTC]
  • Lotrimin AF [OTC]
  • Micaderm [OTC]
  • Micatin [OTC]
  • Miconazole 3
  • Miconazole 3 Combo Pack [OTC]
  • Miconazole 7 [OTC]
  • Miconazole Antifungal [OTC]
  • Micro Guard [OTC] [DSC]
  • Podactin [OTC]
  • Remedy Antifungal Clear [OTC]
  • Remedy Antifungal [OTC]
  • Remedy Phytoplex Antifungal [OTC]
  • Secura Antifungal Extra Thick [OTC] [DSC]
  • Secura Antifungal [OTC] [DSC]
  • Soothe & Cool INZO Antifungal [OTC]
  • Triple Paste AF [OTC]
  • Vagistat-3 [OTC] [DSC]
  • Zeasorb-AF [OTC]

Pharmacologic Category

  • Antifungal Agent, Imidazole Derivative
  • Antifungal Agent, Oral Nonabsorbed/Partially Absorbed
  • Antifungal Agent, Topical
  • Antifungal Agent, Vaginal

Pharmacology

Inhibits biosynthesis of ergosterol, damaging the fungal cell wall membrane, which increases permeability causing leaking of nutrients

Absorption

Topical: Negligible; Vaginal: Small amount absorbed systemically

Distribution

Into body tissues, joints, and fluids; poor penetration into sputum, saliva, urine, and CSF

Metabolism

In the liver

Excretion

Feces (~50%); urine (<1%, unchanged)

Half-Life Elimination

Multiphasic degradation: Alpha: 40 minutes; Beta: 126 minutes; Terminal: 24 hours

Protein Binding

91% to 93%

Use: Labeled Indications

Treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis and a variety of skin and mucous membrane fungal infections

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to miconazole or any component of the formulation

Dosing: Adult

Tinea corporis: Topical: Apply twice daily for 4 weeks

Tinea pedis: Topical: Apply twice daily for 4 weeks

Effervescent tablet: Dissolve 1 tablet in ~1 gallon of water; soak feet for 15 to 30 minutes; pat dry

Tinea cruris: Topical: Apply twice daily for 2 weeks

Vulvovaginal candidiasis: Intravaginal:

Cream, 2%: Insert 1 applicatorful at bedtime for 7 days

Cream, 4%: Insert 1 applicatorful at bedtime for 3 days

Suppository, 100 mg: Insert 1 suppository at bedtime for 7 days

Suppository, 200 mg: Insert 1 suppository at bedtime for 3 days

Suppository, 1,200 mg: Insert 1 suppository (a one-time dose); may be used at bedtime or during the day

Note: Many products are available as a combination pack, with a suppository for vaginal instillation and cream to relieve external symptoms. External cream may be used twice daily, as needed, for up to 7 days.

Dosing: Geriatric

Refer to adult dosing.

Dosing: Pediatric

Dermatologic infection, superficial: Children ≥2 years and Adolescents: Ointment: Topical: Apply to affected area twice daily

Tinea pedis: Children ≥2 years and Adolescents: Topical cream, spray, powder, aerosol powder, ointment, or solution: Topical: Apply twice daily for 4 weeks

Tinea corporis: Children ≥2 years and Adolescents: Topical cream, spray, powder, aerosol powder, ointment, or solution: Topical: Apply twice daily for 4 weeks

Tinea cruris: Children ≥2 years and Adolescents: Topical cream, spray, powder, aerosol powder, ointment, or solution: Topical: Apply twice daily for 2 weeks

Vulvovaginal candidiasis: Children ≥12 years and Adolescents: Intravaginal:

Cream 2%: Insert 1 applicatorful (100 mg) at bedtime for 7 consecutive days

Cream 4%: Insert 1 applicatorful (200 mg) at bedtime for 3 consecutive days

Suppository, 100 mg: Insert 1 suppository at bedtime for 7 days

Suppository, 200 mg: Insert 1 suppository at bedtime for 3 days

Suppository, 1,200 mg: Insert 1 suppository (a one-time dose); may be used at bedtime or during the day

Note: Many products are available as a combination pack (contains a suppository for vaginal instillation and external cream which is applied twice daily for up to 7 days to relieve external symptoms).

Storage

Store at room temperature.

Drug Interactions

Progesterone: Antifungal Agents (Vaginal) may diminish the therapeutic effect of Progesterone. Avoid combination

Vitamin K Antagonists (eg, warfarin): Miconazole (Topical) may increase the serum concentration of Vitamin K Antagonists. Consider therapy modification

Adverse Reactions

Frequency not defined.

Topical:

Dermatologic: Allergic contact dermatitis, burning sensation of skin, maceration of skin

Vaginal:

Gastrointestinal: Abdominal cramps

Genitourinary: Vulvovaginal burning, vulvovaginal irritation, vulvovaginal pruritus

Warnings/Precautions

Concerns related to adverse effects:

• Irritation: Discontinue if sensitivity or irritation occurs.

Special populations:

• Pediatric: Topical products are not for self-medication (OTC use) in children <2 years of age; vaginal products are not for OTC use in children <12 years of age.

Dosage form specific issues:

• Benzyl alcohol and derivatives: Some dosage forms may contain benzyl alcohol and/or sodium benzoate/benzoic acid; benzoic acid (benzoate) is a metabolite of benzyl alcohol; large amounts of benzyl alcohol (≥99 mg/kg/day) have been associated with a potentially fatal toxicity (“gasping syndrome”) in neonates; the “gasping syndrome” consists of metabolic acidosis, respiratory distress, gasping respirations, CNS dysfunction (including convulsions, intracranial hemorrhage), hypotension, and cardiovascular collapse (AAP ["Inactive" 1997]CDC, 1982); some data suggests that benzoate displaces bilirubin from protein binding sites (Ahlfors, 2001); avoid or use dosage forms containing benzyl alcohol and/or benzyl alcohol derivative with caution in neonates. See manufacturer’s labeling.

• Fungoid tincture: Patients with diabetes, circulatory problems, renal or hepatic dysfunction should contact healthcare provider prior to self-medication (OTC use).

• Petrolatum-based: Vaginal products are petrolatum-based and may damage rubber or latex condoms or diaphragms; separate use by 3 days.

• Vaginal products: Consult with healthcare provider prior to self-medication (OTC use) if experiencing vaginal itching/discomfort, lower abdominal pain, back or shoulder pain, chills, nausea, vomiting, foul-smelling discharge, if this is the first vaginal yeast infection, or if exposed to HIV. Contact healthcare provider if symptoms do not begin to improve after 3 days or last longer than 7 days. May damage condoms or diaphragms.

Other warnings/precautions:

• Appropriate use: For topical use only; avoid contact with eyes.

Pregnancy Considerations

Following vaginal administration, small amounts are absorbed systemically (Stevens 2002). Vaginal topical azole products (7-day therapies only) are the preferred treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis in pregnant women. Vaginal products may weaken latex condoms and diaphragms (CDC [Workowski 2015]).

Patient Education

What is this drug used for?

All skin products:

• It is used to treat fungal infections of the skin.

All vaginal products:

• This drug is used to treat vaginal yeast infections.

Frequently reported side effects of this drug

• Burning

• Abdominal cramps

Other side effects of this drug: Talk with your doctor right away if you have any of these signs of:

• Severe skin irritation

• Severe vaginal irritation

• Severe abdominal pain

• Nausea

• Vomiting

• Foul-smelling vaginal discharge

• Signs of a significant reaction like wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.

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