miconazole, Monistat, M-Zole, Micatin

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GENERIC NAME: miconazole

BRAND NAME: Monistat, M-Zole, Micatin

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Miconazole is an anti-fungal medication related to fluconazole (Diflucan), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), and clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex). It is used either on the skin or in the vaginal for fungal infections. Miconazole was approved by the FDA in 1974.

GENERIC AVAILABLE: yes

PRESCRIPTION: yes, but not for some formulations

PREPARATIONS: Preparations are as follows:

  • Vaginal suppositories: 100 and 200 mg;
  • Vaginal cream: 2 and 4%;
  • Topical cream, aerosol powder, spray or tincture: 2%.
  • Combination Packs: 100, 200, or 1200 mg suppository plus 2% vaginal cream.

STORAGE: All formulations should be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F TO 86 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Miconazole is used to treat vaginal infections due to Candida albicans (yeast) and several fungal infections of the skin, including tinea versicolor, athlete's foot (tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris), and ringworm (tinea corporis).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/8/2014



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