What is Monistat-1?
Monistat-1 (Miconazole) is an Azole Antifungal medication that is often used to treat some types of fungus infections, and very commonly; vaginal yeast infections, to reduce vaginal itching, burning, and abnormal discharge, and to stop the growth of yeast to reduce and prevent yeast infections. For vaginal infections, the medication is available in tablet (suppository) and vaginal cream, and are intended for vaginal use only, and are NOT to be taken orally. For Fungal skin infections, topical cream or powder can be applied to the skin and affected areas.
What Are The Drug's Side Effects?
Although sometimes never or rare, every medication has the potential to cause unwanted and at times, annoying side effects.
That said, for yeast infections, Monistat-1 is no exception: Some of its more common effects include but are certainly not limited to: persistent headaches, vaginal irritation, itching, extreme pain and a persistent burning sensation in the vaginal area, especially after urination.
Other side effects are: abdominal pain, allergic-like reactions such as stinging, hives, swelling in the facial area, tongue and lips, painful urination, major or minor skin rash or blisters, and overall bodily itching.
Some patients using Micanozole for topical (skin) infections: Have presented with abnormal and persistent skin rashes, redness, flakiness, blistering, burning, and other skin irritations that only started after they started to use the medication. As always, at the onset of any abnormal reaction, you should consult with and report your conditions to your health care provider as soon as possible.
Remember These Tips
Additionally, since there are different types of vaginal infections; if you are experiencing your very first infection, before using Monistat-1, it is important to speak to your doctor, since Monistat-1 only works for vaginal fungal infections, and you could have another type of infection such as bacterial vaginosis.
Also, if before you use the medication or even after using it , you start to experience abdominal and stomach pains, chills, fever and other flu-like symptoms, or a very foul-smelling vaginal discharge; do not hesitate. Please see your doctor immediately, since these could be signs of a different type of infection, and something even more serious.
Remember to wash hands before using the drug, and avoid touching your eyes. Douches, spermicides, tampons, and similar products should also be avoided. If menstruating or to protect clothing from the medication's spillage, only use unscented sanitary napkins. If there is no improvement in 3 days, and continues for 1 week; it is critical to see the prescribing doctor. Finally, be sure to inform the doctor if your infection reappears within 1- 2 months, since could be a sign that the medication has not work as well as anticipated. Your doctor will decide on the next course of medication to effectively treat the condition.
Safety: Let This Be Your Guide and Rule of Thumb
Although this medication is available over the counter (OTC), as with every medication, please be sure to read the Information Leaflet for Patients which is usually available in the box or from your pharmacist. ALWAYS consult your physician or your pharmacist before you embark on using and taking medications.
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