Before using miconazole topical, cleanse the affected skin with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Apply (or spray) a thin layer over the affected area twice daily (morning and night). If using the cream, gently massage the affected area until the cream disappears.
Avoid contact with the eyes. If this happens, rinse thoroughly with water.
If your symptoms have not disappeared or improved within 2 weeks of treatment (up to 4 weeks for athlete's foot), or if your symptoms worsen, contact your doctor. Otherwise, continue treatment for 1 to 2 weeks after symptoms have disappeared, up to a maximum of 4 weeks. Jock itch and ringworm usually require 2 weeks to resolve, while athlete's foot may require 4 weeks.
When treating athlete's foot, make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, paying special attention to the spaces between toes. Wear well-fitting, ventilated shoes and cotton socks.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor or recommended by your pharmacist. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply (or spray) a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from freezing, and keep it out of the reach of children.
This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.