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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Antifungal Gel

Generic

Yes, generic versions available

Active Ingredient

Miconazole

Effective within

Varies; consult healthcare provider

Works by

Disrupting fungal cell membranes

Side effects

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort

Medication details

Description

Daktarin Oral Gel is a brand name for a medication that contains the active ingredient miconazole. Miconazole is classified as an antifungal agent, which means it is designed to combat fungal infections. Daktarin Oral Gel is specifically formulated to treat fungal infections of the mouth and throat, including conditions like oral thrush (candidiasis) and fungal infections associated with wearing dentures.

This gel is available in a convenient tube and is typically prescribed by healthcare professionals to alleviate the discomfort and symptoms associated with fungal infections in the oral cavity. Daktarin Oral Gel works by inhibiting the growth of fungi, ultimately leading to their eradication and the resolution of the infection.

Directions

Proper usage of Daktarin Oral Gel is crucial to ensure its effectiveness and safety. Here are step-by-step directions for using this medication:
Wash Hands: Begin by thoroughly washing your hands to prevent the spread of infection.
Measure the Dose: Use the provided measuring spoon to carefully measure the prescribed or recommended dose of Daktarin Oral Gel.
Apply Gently: Place the measured gel directly into the mouth, ideally before meals. Swish the gel around the mouth for about a minute to ensure it covers all affected areas.
Swallow or Spit: You can either swallow the gel or spit it out, depending on your healthcare provider's recommendation. It is essential to follow their advice.
Clean Equipment: After each use, clean the measuring spoon to maintain hygiene.
Continue Treatment: Continue using Daktarin Oral Gel as directed by your healthcare provider, even if your symptoms improve before the prescribed duration ends. Stopping the treatment prematurely may allow the infection to return.

Ingredients

The active ingredient in Daktarin Oral Gel is miconazole. Miconazole works by disrupting the cell membranes of the fungi, ultimately killing them and preventing their growth. This powerful antifungal action helps eliminate the fungal infection responsible for oral thrush.
Other ingredients in Daktarin Oral Gel include:
Purified Water
Sorbitol Solution (70%) (Non-crystallising)
Glycerol
Polysorbate 20
Sodium Saccharin
Titanium Dioxide (E171)
Simethicone Emulsion
Banana Flavor
Xanthan Gum
Carmellose Sodium
Methyl Hydroxybenzoate (E218)
Propyl Hydroxybenzoate (E216)
These inactive ingredients contribute to the formulation's texture, taste, and overall stability.

Side Effects

While Daktarin Oral Gel is generally considered safe and well-tolerated, like all medications, it may cause side effects in some individuals. Common side effects may include:
Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Abdominal discomfort
These side effects are usually mild and transient. If they persist or worsen, consult your healthcare provider.
In rare cases, individuals may experience allergic reactions such as itching, swelling, rash, or difficulty breathing. If you notice any severe or unusual side effects, seek immediate medical attention.

Warnings

It's essential to be aware of certain warnings and precautions when using Daktarin Oral Gel:
Allergies: Inform your healthcare provider of any allergies or sensitivities you may have, especially if they pertain to miconazole or other antifungal medications.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, discuss the use of Daktarin Oral Gel with your healthcare provider. They can assess the potential risks and benefits.
Medical Conditions: Inform your healthcare provider about any underlying medical conditions, especially if you have liver or kidney problems.
Drug Interactions: Let your healthcare provider know about any other medications or supplements you are taking, as they may interact with Daktarin Oral Gel.
Avoid Contact with Eyes: Ensure that Daktarin Oral Gel does not come into contact with your eyes. If it does, rinse your eyes with plenty of water and seek medical attention if irritation persists.
Keep Out of Reach of Children: Store Daktarin Oral Gel out of reach of children, and do not allow them to use it without proper supervision.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on 2 oct 2023, 12:30

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FAQs

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Is Daktarin Oral Gel suitable for children?

Daktarin Oral Gel is generally safe for children when used as directed by a healthcare professional. However, it's essential to follow dosage recommendations and consult a healthcare provider for pediatric use.

Can I use Daktarin Oral Gel if I have diabetes?

Yes, Daktarin Oral Gel can be used by individuals with diabetes. However, it's crucial to monitor your blood sugar levels carefully, as some components in the gel may contain sugar. Consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

How long should I continue using Daktarin Oral Gel?

Continue using Daktarin Oral Gel for the full course prescribed by your healthcare provider, even if your symptoms improve before completion. Stopping treatment prematurely may allow the infection to return.

Can I use Daktarin Oral Gel during pregnancy?

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, discuss the use of Daktarin Oral Gel with your healthcare provider. They can evaluate the potential risks and benefits to determine if it's suitable for you.

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