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All about: Miconazole

Big Image Pronouncation: (my-KAHN-uh-zole)
Class: Anti-infective, Antifungal agent

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Absorbine Antifungal Foot Powder
- Powder 2%

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Breezee Mist Antifungal
- Powder 2%

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- Vaginal Cream 2%

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Fungoid Cream
- Cream 2%

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Fungoid Tincture
- Solution 2%

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Lotrimin AF
- Spray Liquid 2%
- Spray Powder 2%
- Powder 2%

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M-Zole 3 Combination Pack
- Vaginal Suppositories 200 mg
- Topical Cream 2%

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M-Zole 7 Dual Pack
- Vaginal Suppositories 100 mg
- Topical Cream 2%

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Maximum Strength Desenex Antifungal
- Cream 2%

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- Cream 2%
- Spray Liquid 2%
- Spray Powder 2%
- Powder 2%

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Monistat 3
- Vaginal Suppositories 200 mg

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Monistat 7
- Vaginal Suppositories 100 mg
- Vaginal Cream 2%

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Monistat 7 Combination Pack
- Vaginal Suppositories 100 mg
- Topical Cream 2%

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- Topical Cream 2%

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Monistat Dual-Pak
- Vaginal Suppositories 200 mg
- Topical Cream 2%

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Neosporin AF
- Topical Cream 5 mg per 5 mL

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- Spray 2%

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Prescription Strength Desenex
- Spray powder 2%
- Spray liquid 2%

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- Ointment 2%

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- Powder 2%

Micozole (Canada)
Monistat 1 Combination Pack (Canada)
Monistat 1 Vaginal Ovule (Canada)
Monistat 3 Vaginal Ovules (Canada)
Monistat Derm Cream (Canada)

Mechanism of Action


Alters permeability of fungal cell membrane, leading to cell death.

Indications and Usage

Parenteral form

Treatment of severe systemic fungal infections.

Vaginal form

Local treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis (moniliasis).

Topical form

Treatment of topical fungal infections, including tinea infections and candidiasis.


Hypersensitivity to imidazoles.

Dosage and Administration

Systemic Infections

IV 200 to 3600 mg/day. May divide into 3 doses. Treatment of meningitis is supplemented by intrathecal injections of 20 mg/dose. Treatment of bladder infections is supplemented by bladder instillations of 200 mg per dose.

Children (1 to 12 yr)

IV 20 to 40 mg/kg/day (max, 15 mg/kg/dose).

Children (younger than 1 yr)

IV 15 to 30 mg/kg/day (max, 15 mg/kg/dose).

Vaginal Infections

Intravaginal 1 suppository (200 mg) at bedtime for 3 days or 1 suppository (100 mg) for 7 days or 1 applicatorful at bedtime for 7 days.

Topical Infections

Topical Apply to infected area bid.


Store at 59° to 86°F.

Drug Interactions

Anticoagulants, oral

May cause increased anticoagulant effect.

Antihistamines, nonsedating type (eg, astemizole, terfenadine)

Cardiotoxicity, including arrhythmias and death, has occurred when agents of this type were used together with azole-type antifungals.

Laboratory Test Interactions

None well documented.

Adverse Reactions


Tachycardia; arrhythmia; cardiorespiratory arrest.


Phlebitis at infusion site; pruritus; rash; skin irritation, sensitization and burning from topical preparations.


Nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; anorexia.


Transient decreases in hematocrit; thrombocytopenia.


Hyperlipemia possibly caused by vehicle.


Anaphylaxis; fever; chills. Topical or vaginal forms may cause similar reactions.



Category C .




Safety and efficacy in children younger than 1 yr not studied sufficiently.

Cardiac effects

Have occurred, possibly because of too-rapid administration.

Cremophor-type vehicle

Present in IV formulation; may cause electrophoretic abnormalities of lipoprotein; usually reversible.

Patient Information

  • With topical therapy, instruct patient to use for full treatment time, even if symptoms improve. Advise patient to notify health care provider if there is no improvement in 2 wk.
  • With topical therapy, if condition worsens or if burning, itching or redness occurs, instruct patient to discontinue use and notify health care provider.
  • With vaginal therapy, instruct patient to refrain from sexual intercourse or to have partner use condom for protection and to prevent reinfection. Advise patient to apply medication at bedtime.
  • Suggest patient use sanitary pad to prevent staining of clothing.
  • With vaginal therapy, instruct patient not to discontinue use during menstruation.

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