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Gyno Daktarin

Daktarin is an antifungal medicine that’s used to treat fungal infections of the skin and nails, as well as oral and genital thrush. There are several different forms, some will be more appropriate than others depending on which condition you want it to treat.

Most forms of the medicine are topical treatments that are applied directly to the affected area/s, and in most cases, they should be used for several days after the symptoms of the infection have disappeared to make sure that the infection doesn’t reoccur and that all fungal cells and bacteria are killed.

Most people are able to use Daktarin, but there’s a chance that topical treatments can cause skin irritation at the site of application.

See Gyno Daktarin Vaginal Cream Patient Information Leaflet

Last PIL Review Date: 11/03/2019

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Daktarin is an antifungal medicine that’s used to treat fungal infections of the skin and nails, as well as oral and genital thrush. There are several different forms, some will be more appropriate than others depending on which condition you want it to treat.

Most forms of the medicine are topical treatments that are applied directly to the affected area/s, and in most cases, they should be used for several days after the symptoms of the infection have disappeared to make sure that the infection doesn’t reoccur and that all fungal cells and bacteria are killed.

Most people are able to use Daktarin, but there’s a chance that topical treatments can cause skin irritation at the site of application.

See Gyno Daktarin Vaginal Cream Patient Information Leaflet

Last PIL Review Date: 11/03/2019

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What is Daktarin?

Daktarin is an anti-fungal medication that contains the active ingredient, miconazole.

The treatment comes in various forms, including:

  • Topical external-use cream
  • Internal-cream (gyno-Daktarin)
  • Oral gel
  • Powder

Daktarin can treat a range of fungal infections, and the form of medicine you should order depends on which condition you want to treat. It can get rid of infections such as:

  • Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis)
  • Jock itch (tinea cruris)
  • Ringworm
  • Thrush (genital)
  • Thrush (oral)
  • Fungal nail infections

How does Daktarin work?

Daktarin’s active ingredient, miconazole, fights against certain fungal infections in two ways. Firstly, the antifungal treatment works by interfering with the cell membranes of the fungi. It stops the cells producing ergosterol – a vital part of the cell membrane. The lack of this chemical helps to break down the infection, making holes appear in the cells, allowing essential parts to leak out and cause the fungus to die. In turn, this gets rid of the infection.

Secondly, Daktarin has antibacterial properties, killing bacteria that might be associated with the infection. This double-edged-sword way of getting rid of fighting fungi and bacteria is extremely effective at removing the infection from the affected area. When used after symptoms have disappeared, it can also help to prevent the infection from reoccurring.

Daktarin generally works best against various forms of tine infections and thrush.

How do you use Daktarin?

How you use the medicine depends on which form of it you order and which condition it’s treating.

Daktarin Cream:

Daktarin cream is a topical treatment which should be applied directly to the affected area twice a day. This can treat ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections, and jock itch, but shouldn’t under any circumstances be used to treat oral thrush or (internal) vaginal thrush. If you’re using the cream alongside Daktarin powder, decrease your application to once a day.

Daktarin powder:

Daktarin powder is only intended for fungal infections of the skin. It should be sprinkled on clean, dry skin in the affected area/s, and in the case of athlete’s foot, it can also be sprinkled into socks and shoes.

Daktarin oral gel:

The oral gel is only for the treatment of oral thrush and shouldn’t be used for any fungal skin infections or genital varieties of thrush. The gel comes in orange flavour and should be used four times a day after meals. The gel should be held in your mouth for as long as possible before swallowing it.

Gyno-Daktarin:

This internal cream is only intended for vaginal thrush, and should only be applied using the applicator that comes with the medicine. It should be applied once a day, usually at night just before you go to bed. You should use it for 7 days, even if you’re on your period. Whilst using gyno-Daktarin, it’s best to avoid sex, as there’s a small chance that the infection can be passed to your partner. There’s also a likelihood that the cream can damage a condom, so you might not be protected against STIs and pregnancy.

With most forms of Daktarin, it’s recommended that you continue using the medicine for several days after the symptoms have disappeared, but always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your order to make sure you know how to use it correctly. However, with all forms of Daktarin, you should avoid direct contact with the eyes and other mucous membranes.

What are the side effects of Daktarin?

Most people tolerate Daktarin well, but due to some of the ingredients in the medicines, some patients might find that they have local skin irritation around the site of application. This is fairly common and isn’t a cause for concern unless it worsens the condition that it was supposed to treat. In this case, please stop using Daktarin and consult your GP. Other common side effects include:

  • Rash
  • Itchiness
  • Redness

All of these symptoms should appear in the same area that you applied the medication, but in rare cases, Daktarin can also cause an allergic reaction. If you find that you’re experiencing signs of an allergic reaction, stop using the product immediately and consult your doctor.

There are more side effects that come with oral Daktarin, as this form of the medicine is swallowed. The most commonly reported ones are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Mouth discomfort

This list isn’t extensive, but the full list of side effects can be found in the patient information leaflet that comes with the oral gel.

Does it interact with any medicines?

There’s a slight chance that all forms of Daktarin might interact with anticoagulants (blood thinning medication such as warfarin etc) so speak to your GP if you’re already taking these and find that you need to use Daktarin.

Daktarin oral gel interacts with more medicines than its topical counterparts as this form of the medicine is swallowed. Some medicines that might interact with it are:

  • Terfenadine
  • Astemizole
  • Mizolastine
  • Cisapride
  • Statins
  • Midazolam
  • Triazolom
  • Primozide
  • Sertindole
  • Quinidine
  • Dofetilide
  • Ergotamine

Where can I get Daktarin?

Many forms of Daktarin are prescription-only or only available from a pharmacist. You can get most forms at your GP surgery and most good pharmacies, but you can also order the medicine online. If you order through Doctor4U, you’ll be asked to complete a short patient questionnaire to make sure that Daktarin is safe for you to take. This means that you can buy the medicine at a time that suits you rather than rushing to the doctor or pharmacy during a lunch break. If your request is approved, your order will be shipped to you according to the delivery option you chose at the checkout.

Dosage instructions
Insert the cream into the vagina twice each day for 7 days. If there are no improvements please see your GP.