Monistat

(miconazole)

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Treats vaginal yeast infections

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Monistat (miconazole) effectively treats vaginal yeast infections and doesn't require a prescription.

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    $15.66
Quick facts about Monistat
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (miconazole)

Upsides

  • Compared to oral medications used to treat vaginal yeast infections, Monistat (miconazole) has less harmful interactions and side effects.
  • This medication has many cheaper generic forms.
  • Treatment with Monistat (miconazole) can be completed quickly in as little as 3 days.
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Downsides

  • Monistat (miconazole) may cause vaginal burning, itching or irritation.
  • Condoms and diaphragms won't work while you're on this medication.
  • Can stain your clothes and bedsheets.
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How it works

Monistat (miconazole) is an antifungal. It damages their protective outer cell wall resulting in fungal death.

Quick facts about Monistat
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (miconazole)

Used for

  • Vaginal yeast infection

Dosage forms

  • Vaginal insert
  • Vaginal cream
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What to expect when you take Monistat (miconazole) for Vaginal yeast infection

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  • Possible side effects
  • Vaginal burning, irritation or itching
  • Cramps
  • Rash
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Side effect rates for Monistat (miconazole)

From 301 clinical trials of Monistat when taken for vaginal yeast infection
  • Vaginal burning, irritation or itching
    2%2%
  • Cramps
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Monistat.

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Risks and Warnings for Monistat (miconazole)

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  • Monistat (miconazole) can cause more irritation, burning or itching in the vaginal area. It can be mild, but if it becomes really uncomfortable, let your doctor know.