Monistat 3 Side Effects
Generic name: miconazole topical
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 4, 2021.
Note: This document contains side effect information about miconazole topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Monistat 3.
For the Consumer
Applies to miconazole topical: topical cream, topical gel/jelly, topical kit, topical ointment, topical powder, topical spray, topical tablet effervescent, topical tincture
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, miconazole topical (the active ingredient contained in Monistat 3) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking miconazole topical:
- Blistering, burning, redness, skin rash, or other sign of skin irritation not present before use of this medicine
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 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.[Ref]
Genitourinary side effects have included cramping, pain, and bleeding with the intravaginal use of miconazole.[Ref]
Frequently asked questions
- Why does Monistat burn/itch so bad?
- Can you have sex while using Monistat?
- Monistat-1, white discharge and burning 3 days after use. Is this normal?
More about Monistat 3 (miconazole topical)
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Related treatment guides
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3. Perret CM, Happle R "Contact allergy to miconazole." Contact Dermatitis 19 (1988): 75
4. "Miconazole--a new topical antifungal drug." Med Lett Drugs Ther 16 (1974): 97-8
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8. Baes H "Contact sensitivity to miconazole with ortho-chloro cross-sensitivity to other imidazoles." Contact Dermatitis 24 (1991): 89-93
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.