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Daktarin cream (Miconazole nitrate)

What the medicine is for

Daktarin 2% Cream is a medicine which is used in the treatment of fungal and associated bacterial infections of the skin and nails. Skin infections may appear on the hands, feet, outer ear, trunk or groin and include athlete’s foot, dhobie itch and intertrigo. Daktarin 2% Cream is also effective against infected nappy rash. The cream contains miconazole nitrate which works by destroying both the fungus that causes the infection and some of the associated bacteria which may also be present. It also has moisturising properties to help soothe cracked, red skin.

This medicine is for use in adults and children of all ages.

Before using this medicine

This medicine is suitable for most adults and children but a few people should not use it. If you are in any doubt, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not use this medicine

  • If you have ever had a bad reaction to any of the ingredients.
  • If this applies to you, get advice from a doctor or pharmacist without using Daktarin 2% Cream.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking.

Oral anticoagulants (drugs used to thin the blood, such as warfarin).

If you are not sure about any of the medicines you are taking, show the bottle or pack to your pharmacist.

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Special warnings about this medicine

Do not let the cream get into your eyes.

If you experience any irritation or sensitivity to the cream, stop using this medicine.

Some of the ingredients can cause problems

Benzoic acid (E210) can mildly irritate the skin, eyes and mucosal membranes.

Butylated hydroxyanisole (E320) may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis), or irritation to the eyes and mucous membranes.

How to use this medicine

Check the table below to see how often to use.

Each tube of cream is sealed – use the cap to pierce the seal.

For cutaneous use only, which means it is applied directly to the affected area of skin.

Do not use more often than the stated dose shown in the table.

How to apply the cream

Wash the infected area and dry it well. As many skin conditions are contagious, you should keep a towel and flannel for your own use and not share it so that you do not infect anyone else.

Apply the cream onto the infected area and surrounding skin.

Wash your hands carefully after applying the cream to avoid spreading the infection to other parts of the body or to other people. Similarly, clothing which comes into contact with the infected areas, such as socks, should be washed and changed frequently.

Adults and children of all ages

Age   Dose
Adults and of all ages children Skin infections: Apply the cream to the infected skin twice a day. Nail infections: Apply the cream to the infected area once or twice daily.
Continue treatment for 10 days after all the symptoms have cleared to prevent them from coming back.If symptoms persist talk to your doctor.

If anyone has swallowed this product

If anyone accidentally swallows Daktarin 2% Cream, contact a doctor or your nearest Accident and Emergency department (Casualty), taking this leaflet and pack with you.

If you forget to use the medicine

If you forget to use a dose, use the next dose when needed. Do not use a double dose.

Possible side-effects

Daktarin 2% Cream can have side-effects, like all medicines, although these don’t affect everyone and are usually mild.

If you experience any of the following, stop using the medicine and seek immediate medical help:

Very rarely: (less than 1 in 10,000 people are affected)

Severe allergic reactions including swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.

Light headedness, generalised itch, wheezing or difficulty in breathing.

If you experience any of the following, stop using the medicine and talk to your doctor:

Very rarely: (less than 1 in 10,000 people are affected)

Allergic reactions such as skin rash, itchiness, hives, swelling, redness or a burning feeling.

Other mild effects which may occur include:

Rarely: (less than 1 in every 1,000 people are affected)

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

If you experience any side-effects not included in this leaflet or are not sure about anything, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Storing this medicine

Do not store above 25°C.

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

Do not use your medicine after the date shown as the expiry date on the packaging.

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 to protect the environment.

Further information

What’s in this medicine?

The active ingredient in 1 g of Daktarin 2% Cream is:

Miconazole nitrate 20 mg.

Other ingredients are: PEG-6, PEG-32 and glycol stearate, oleoyl macroglycerides, liquid paraffin, benzoic acid (E210), butylated hydroxyanisole (E320), purified water.

What the medicine looks like

Daktarin 2% Cream is a white cream available in tubes of 15 g.

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