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Tioconazole topical Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 16, 2023.

Applies to tioconazole topical: intravaginal ointment.

Side effects include:

Vulvovaginal burning, irritation, vaginitis, pruritus, headache.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to tioconazole topical: vaginal ointment w/applicator.


Topical solution:

-Common (1% to 10%): Peripheral edema

-Frequency not reported: Pain[Ref]


Topical solution:

-Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash, dermatitis

-Frequency not reported: Bullous eruption, contact dermatitis, dry skin, nail disorder (including nail discoloration, periungual inflammation, nail pain), pruritus, skin irritation, skin exfoliation, urticaria[Ref]


Topical solution: Local irritation (including local allergic reactions) usually occurred during the first week of therapy and was transient and mild.[Ref]

Topical solution:

-Frequency not reported: Local irritation (including local allergic reactions)

Vaginal ointment:

-Frequency not reported: Burning, itching, pain, irritation, dryness[Ref]


Vaginal ointment:

-Frequency not reported: Increased vaginal burning, increased vaginal itching, increased vaginal irritation, vaginal swelling/redness, difficulty/burning on urination[Ref]


Vaginal ointment:

-Frequency not reported: Abdominal pain/cramping[Ref]


Topical solution:

-Frequency not reported: Allergic reaction

Other formulations than the dermatological preparation:

-Frequency not reported: Anaphylactoid reactions[Ref]

Nervous system

Topical solution:

-Frequency not reported: Paresthesia

Vaginal ointment:

-Frequency not reported: Headache[Ref]


Topical solution:

-Frequency not reported: Periorbital edema[Ref]


Vaginal ointment:

-Frequency not reported: Upper respiratory infection[Ref]


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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.