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Daktarin Cream & Gel (miconazole)

Written by Stephanie Nera, RPh, PharmD · Pharmacology

Updated Jun 08, 2021

Daktarin Gel and Daktarin Cream are brand names of topical miconazole. Miconazole is an antifungal drug with some antibacterial effects.



What is Daktarin used for?

Daktarin cream is used to prevent and treat fungal and some bacterial infections on the skin and nails. These include tinea infections (e.g. athlete’s foot, an-an, buni) and napkin or diaper rash.

Daktarin gel is for oral applications. It is useful for conditions such as oral thrush (candidiasis) and singaw (mouth sores).

How should I take Daktarin?

Always use this medicine exactly as described in the leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

  • Each tube of Daktarin cream is sealed. You will need to use the cap to pierce the seal. Rub the cream gently into the affected area and surrounding skin with clean fingers.
  • Do not put Daktarin cream into or near the eyes – it is for use on the skin and nails only.
  • Do not swallow the cream.
  • Daktarin cream should not be used in the mouth. Use Daktarin Oral Gel for mouth sores and other oral fungal infections.

How do I store Daktarin?

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Store the cream in its original packaging. Do not store above 25°C. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and tube. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Do not dispose of this product in the sink or regular trash. Ask your pharmacist how to properly dispose of medicines you no longer use. 

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Daktarin?

Before using Daktarin, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Had an allergic reaction: to Daktarin, excipients using for dosage form containing Daktarin. The information is detailed in the leaflet.
  • Allergies to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • Any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with Daktarin.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine. You may still be able to use Daktarin cream if your doctor prescribes it to you.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Daktarin?

As with others medicines, Daktarin can cause some side effects. Most of them are rare and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some side effects include:

Oral gel

  • Altered sense of taste
  • Xerostomia (dry mouth)
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Diarrhea (with long-term use)
  • Discolored tongue or mucosa


  • Skin irritation
  • Burning sensation


What drugs may interact with Daktarin?

This drug may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects.

Do not take Daktarin with these drugs:

  • Anti-allergy medications (e.g. terfenadine, astemizole, mizolastine)
  • Cisapride
  • Statins
  • Midazolam
  • Pimozide, sertindole
  • Quinidine, dofetilide
  • Ergotamine

To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.

Does food or alcohol interact with Daktarin?

Daktarin may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increasing the risk for serious side effects. As a topically applied medication, it is unlikely to cause any interactions with food or alcohol. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Daktarin?

This product may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. Therefore, you should always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using any medication

What is the dose for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Daktarin.

Daktarin cream

For skin infections

Use the cream twice a day – once in the morning and again at night. Keep using the cream for at least 7 days after all signs of infection have gone away. This will stop the infection from coming back.

For nail infections

Use the cream once or twice a day. Your doctor will tell you which one. Keep using the cream for 10 days after all signs of infection have gone away. This will stop the infection from coming back.

Daktarin gel

Apply the gel with a clean finger or cotton swab directly on the affected area. Apply it 4 times a day after meals. Continue to use the gel for at least one week after symptoms go away.

Avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes after applying.

If you wear dentures or retainers, apply some gel after removing them to eliminate fungus or bacteria on these devices.

What is the dose for a child?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of Daktarin.

Do not use this medicine on a child under 2 years of age unless your doctor tells you to.

How is Daktarin available?

Daktarin is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Oral gel 20 mg/g
  • Topical cream 2%

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.


Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Written by

Stephanie Nera, RPh, PharmD


Updated Jun 08, 2021

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