April 19, 2014
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Micatin

(miconazole topical)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02085852 MICATIN CREAM - 2%
02230304 MICATIN POWDER SPRAY UNSCENTED - 2%

How does Micatin work? What will it do for me?

Miconazole belongs to the class of medications called antifungals. It is used to treat various skin infections caused by fungus or yeast. Miconazole can be used to treat tinea pedis (athlete's foot), tinea cruris (jock itch), tinea corporis (ringworm), candidiasis (various yeast infections of the skin and mucous membranes), and tinea versicolor (patches of skin that are a different colour than the rest of the skin). Miconazole works by killing the overgrowth of yeast and fungus that are causing the infection.

Miconazole usually starts to work within a few days of starting treatment. Treatment may be needed for up 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the infection being treated.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Micatin?

Before using miconazole topical, cleanse the affected skin with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Apply (or spray) a thin layer over the affected area twice daily (morning and night). If using the cream, gently massage the affected area until the cream disappears.

Avoid contact with the eyes. If this happens, rinse thoroughly with water.

If your symptoms have not disappeared or improved within 2 weeks of treatment (up to 4 weeks for athlete's foot), or if your symptoms worsen, contact your doctor. Otherwise, continue treatment for 1 to 2 weeks after symptoms have disappeared, up to a maximum of 4 weeks. Jock itch and ringworm usually require 2 weeks to resolve, while athlete's foot may require 4 weeks.

When treating athlete's foot, make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, paying special attention to the spaces between toes. Wear well-fitting, ventilated shoes and cotton socks.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor or recommended by your pharmacist. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply (or spray) a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from freezing, and keep it out of the reach of children.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Micatin come in?

Cream

Each tube of cream contains miconazole nitrate 2% in a water miscible, white-to-off-white cream base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzoic acid, butylated hydroxyanisole, mineral oil, peglicol 5 oleate, pegoxol 7 stearate, and purified water.

Spray

Each can contains miconazole nitrate 2% (as a percent of non-volatile ingredients). Nonmedicinal ingredients: alcohol, hydrocarbon propellant, stearalkonium hectorite, sorbitan sesquioleate, and talc.

Who should NOT take Micatin?

Miconazole should not be used by anyone who is allergic to miconazole or to any of the ingredients of the medication.

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