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Daktacort cream (Miconazole nitrate and hydrocortisone)

Daktacort cream is a medicine which is used to treat inflamed conditions of the skin such as eczema and dermatitis which may be caused by infection with certain fungi and bacteria.

The cream contains the following ingredients:

Miconazole nitrate – an antifungal which works by destroying both the fungus that causes the infection and some of the associated bacteria which may also be present.

Hydrocortisone – a mild ‘topical steroid’ which reduces inflammation, swelling, redness and itching of the skin.

Do not use Daktacort cream if:

  • You are allergic to anything in Daktacort cream (listed in section 6 below)
  • You have any other skin problems such as cold sores, herpes, chicken pox or shingles. Only use it for the skin problem that you showed the doctor

Do not use this medicine if any of the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Daktacort cream.

Take special care with Daktacort cream

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine if:

The inflamed skin is on your face. You should not use Daktacort cream on your face, unless your doctor has told you to

The cream is to be used by children:

The cream should not be used on young children for long periods of time (such as every day for several weeks)

The cream should not be used on large areas of a child’s body or under a baby’s nappy unless your doctor has told you

Elderly patients

Medicines like Daktacort cream can cause thinning of the skin when used for a long time without a break. Because thinning of the skin happens naturally in older people, this medicine should be used sparingly for no more than a few weeks in elderly patients. Only use it for as long as your doctor tells you.

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines that you buy without a prescription or herbal medicines.

Medicines that thin your blood (anticoagulants) such as warfarin. Your doctor may want to check that the anticoagulants are still working properly

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding

Ask your doctor for advice before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your doctor will decide if you can use Daktacort cream.

Driving and using machines

Daktacort cream is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.

Important information about some of the ingredients of Daktacort cream

Benzoic acid (E210) and butylated hydroxyanisole (E320) can mildly irritate the skin, eyes and mucosal membranes

Always use Daktacort cream exactly as your doctor has told you. Daktacort cream is for use on your skin only. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

How to apply the cream

Each tube of Daktacort cream is sealed. Use the cap to pierce the tube

Wash the infected area and dry it well

As many skin conditions are infectious, you should keep a towel and flannel for your own use. Do not share them so that you do not infect anyone else

Apply a small amount of Daktacort cream to the affected area and rub it in gently until the cream has disappeared

Unless the infected skin is on your hands, wash your hands carefully after applying the cream to avoid spreading the infection to other parts of the body or to other people. Clothing which comes into contact with the infected areas should be washed and changed frequently

How much to apply – adults and children

Unless your doctor tells you differently, apply a small amount of Daktacort cream to the affected area 2 or 3 times each day

If your skin problem does not improve in 7 days, tell your doctor

If you swallow Daktacort cream

If anyone accidentally swallows Daktacort cream, contact a doctor or go to your nearest hospital casualty department straight away.

If you forget a dose

Do not apply the missed dose of cream

Apply the next dose of cream as usual and keep using the cream as your doctor has told you

Do not use a double dose of cream to make up for a missed dose

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Like all medicines Daktacort cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Stop using Daktacort cream and tell your doctor straight away if you notice the following. You may need medical treatment.

Sudden swelling of the face, lips, tongue, wheezing or shortness of breath.

Severe irritation or reddening of the skin where the cream has been used, or other signs of severe allergy

Other side effects:

Sensitivity reactions (such as rash) at the application site. If this occurs stop using the medicine

If you get side effects and they become serious or if you notice any other side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep the product out of the reach and sight of children.

Store the cream in its original packaging in a refrigerator.

Do not use Daktacort cream after the expiry date ,which is stated on the label. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help protect the environment.

The active substances in Daktacort cream are miconazole nitrate (2% w/w) and hydrocortisone (1 % w/w).

The other ingredients are PEG-6, PEG-32 and glycol stearate, oleoyl macroglycerides, mineral oil, benzoicacid, sodium edetate, butylated hydroxyanisole and purified water.

What Daktacort cream looks like and contents of the pack

Daktacort cream is a white cream available in a 30 g tube.

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