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Monistat Vaginal Cream

Last reviewed on RxList: 1/17/2017
Monistat Vaginal Cream Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 9/16/2016

Monistat Vaginal Cream (miconazole nitrate vaginal cream) is an azole antifungal medication used to treat vaginal candida (yeast) infections. Some formulations of this medication are available in generic form and over-the-counter (OTC). Common side effects of Monistat Vaginal Cream include:

  • burning,
  • stinging,
  • swelling,
  • irritation,
  • redness,
  • pimple-like bumps,
  • tenderness,
  • itching,
  • pain, or flaking of the treated skin;
  • headache,
  • burning/itching/pain in the vagina or urinary opening;
  • an increased need to urinate, or
  • lower abdominal cramps.

Monistat Vaginal Cream is usually used once/daily at bedtime, and applied directly into the vagina. Read the instructions for application information. Monistat Vaginal Cream may adversely interact with warfarin, oral antibiotics, or drugs that suppress the immune system. Discuss all medications you are taking with your doctor. This medication should be used only when advised by your doctor during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Monistat Vaginal Cream Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Monistat Vaginal Cream Consumer Information

Stop using miconazole vaginal and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives).

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. These include burning, itching, irritation of the skin, and an increased need to urinate.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Monistat Vaginal Cream (Miconazole Nitrate Vaginal Cream)

Monistat Vaginal Cream Professional Information


The following side effects have been reported with the use of miconazole nitrate vaginal cream; a temporary increase in burning, itching, and/or irritation when the cream is inserted. Abdominal cramping, headaches, hives, and skin rash have also been reported. If any of these occur, stop using miconazole nitrate vaginal cream and consult your doctor.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Monistat Vaginal Cream (Miconazole Nitrate Vaginal Cream)

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