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Miconazole, sold under the brand name Monistat among others, is an antifungal medication used to treat ring worm, pityriasis versicolor, and yeast infections of the skin or vagina. It is used for ring worm of the body, groin (jock itch), and feet (athlete’s foot). It is applied to the skin or vagina as a cream or ointment.
Common side effects include itchiness or irritation of the area in which it was applied. Use in pregnancy is believed to be safe for the baby.Miconazole is in the imidazole family of medications. It works by decreasing the ability of fungi to make ergosterol, an important part of their cell membrane.
Miconazole was patented in 1968 and approved for medical use in 1971. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the safest and most effective medicines needed in a health system. The wholesale cost in the developing world is about US$0.23 to US$0.60 for a 30 gram tube. In the United States a course of treatment costs less than US$25