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Daktarin (Miconazole) 2% Cream Summary
|Type of medicine||Topical azole antifungal cream|
|Works by||Stops the growth of fungus on the skin|
|Active ingredient||Miconazole nitrate|
|Effective within||Noticeable signs of improvement within 2 weeks|
|Use with alcohol||No known issues|
Daktrain 2% Cream Information
What is Daktarin cream?
Daktarin cream contains 2% of the active ingredient miconazole nitrate. Miconazole is an antifungal treatment which when applied to the skin and nails kills fungi that are responsible for infections on the trunk of the body, hands or feet, scalp or outer ear and the groin.
Daktarin cream has been tried and tested to stop the spread and to clear up fungal infections with daily use within 7-10 days.
What is Daktarin cream used for?
Daktarin cream can be used to treat fungal skin and nail infections in children and adults. Some example of fungal infections that Daktarin cream can be used to treat are listed below:
- Thrush (candidiasis)
- Ringworm on the body and scalp
- Athletes foot
- Jock itch
- Fungal nail infections
- Nappy rash
Daktarin for babies
Daktarin cream can be used to treat fungal infections in babies from birth. If you are concerned that your baby has a fungal infection, it is recommended that you discuss this with a doctor or pharmacist before starting using any medication.
Daktarin for hair growth
Daktarin cream is not licensed for use to stimulate hair growth and there is limited scientific research to suggest that Daktarin is an effective treatment for hair loss.
For more information about available treatments for hair loss in men and women, please see our Hair Loss Treatment and Advice page.
How does Daktarin cream work?
Daktarin cream contains miconazole nitrate which is commonly used to treat fungal infection. When Daktarin is applied to the skin and nails the miconazole targets fungal cells and makes holes in their membranes causing them to die which prevents further spread of the infection and heals the treated areas.
How long does Daktarin cream take to work?
Daktarin should be used daily for at least 10 days to treat fungal nail and skin infections.
You should keep using the Daktarin cream up until 10 days even if it appears that your infection has cleared. If you stop using Daktarin earlier than 10 days the infection is more likely to come back.
If your infection has not improved after using Daktarin cream daily for 10 consecutive days you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.
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- Daktarin 2% Cream, Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/1435/pil
Daktarin cream 30g dosage
Before using Daktarin cream, please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly and make sure to follow the instructions for use carefully.
Daktarin is suitable for external use on the skin and nails to treat fungal infections in children and adults.
Apply enough Daktarin cream to cover the affected area and surrounding skin and rub in gently with clean hands.
For the treatment of skin infections: Apply Daktarin cream to the affected skin in the morning and at night for at least 10 days after all signs of infection have gone away. This will stop the infection from coming back.
For the treatment of nail infections: Apply Daktarin cream once or twice a day. Keep using the cream for 10 days after all signs of infection have gone away. This will stop the infection from coming back.
Daktarin antifungal cream ingredients
For a full list of ingredients please read the Patient Information Leaflet.
Daktarin cream contains the active substance: miconazole nitrate.
Each gram of Daktarin cream contains 20 milligrams (mg) of miconazole nitrate (2 % w/w).
Daktarin cream also contains the inactive ingredients: liquid paraffin, benzoic acid and butylated hydroxyanisole.
Daktarin cream side effects
In the same way as all medication, Daktarin can cause some people to experience unwanted side effects.
Before you use Daktarin cream you must read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly to ensure you are familiar with a full list of side effects.
If you experience a severe allergic reaction, you must be seen by a doctor straight away. If you are worried about side effects, stop using Daktarin cream and speak to a doctor or pharmacist.
When using Daktarin cream some people may experience irritation to the treated site, which might present in the following ways:
- burning sensation
- rash on the skin
Daktarin cream warnings
- When applying Daktarin, make sure that you wash your hands before and after use to prevent spreading the fungal infection to other parts of your body.
- Do not share or use another person’s Daktarin cream as it may be harmful to them. Daktarin is used to treat fungal infections which can be spread by sharing creams.
- If you are taking any other medication, you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist before using Daktarin cream.
Daktarin cream & Pregnancy
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist before using any medication.
Daktarin (Miconazole) 2% Cream reviews
Daktarin (Miconazole) 2% Cream FAQs
The chemicals in Daktarin are not able to be absorbed in sufficient enough amounts to affect other oral medications. There is small chance however that Daktarin cream can increase the effects of warfarin. If you are currently using warfarin it is important to consult with your doctor before using Daktarin cream.
If you wish to use any other topical treatments, make sure to leave a 30 minutes window between individual applications. This is to make sure that the active ingredients of the treatment can be fully absorbed.
There are also other medications available containing the same active ingredients:
- Daktarin powder.
- Daktarin oral gel.