What is Gyno-Daktarin?
Gyno-Daktarin cream is used to treat thrush infections in women. Gyno-Daktarin is an antifungal medication that works by killing the thrush in and around the vagina.
Signs of thrush infections can include itching, redness and white discharge, which Gyno-Daktarin helps to relieve and treat.
Gyno-Daktarin is a prescription only medication. We can prescribe it to you following a brief consultation. For more information, consult the patient information leaflet.
How it works
Gyno-Daktarin contains the active ingredient miconazole nitrate. This antifungal medicine works to neutralise the Candida fungus that causes vaginal thrush by preventing the fungal cells from producing ergosterol. Ergosterol is vital for the fungus to grow, and without it the cells can no longer keep their structure, causing them to die.
Symptoms should resolve after using this treatment for one week. If your symptoms have not gone after completing the course, or if they get worse while you are using this product, you should speak to your doctor.
Before you take it
You should not use Gyno-Daktarin if you are allergic to miconazole nitrate or any of the other ingredients in this medicine. A full list of ingredients can be found in the patient information leaflet.
If you have had more than two episodes of vaginal thrush in the last six months, or if you are unsure as to whether or not you have vaginal thrush, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this treatment.
It is also important to make sure that you and your partner do not have any sexually transmitted infections. Some STIs may present symptoms similar to those of thrush, so if you are unsure, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are under 16 years old or over 60 years old, you should speak to your doctor if you have symptoms of thrush. Please note, that we do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.
If you are using a barrier method of contraception, like condoms, additional contraception may be needed. This is because Gyno-Daktarin cream can damage the latex and potentially stop them working properly.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, talk to your doctor before using this medication.
You may still be able to use Gyno-Daktarin cream if your doctor thinks you need to.
Using other medicines may interact with the effectiveness of this medication and Gyno-Daktarin may alter the effectiveness of other medicines you are currently taking. Before using Gyno-Daktarin, consult with your doctor if you are taking or have taken any of the following medicines:
- Medicines to thin the blood, such as warfarin
- Medicines for diabetes
- Medicine for epilepsy, like phenytoin
- Medicines to lower cholesterol, called lovastatin or simvastatin
- Medicines that act on the heart and blood vessels called ‘calcium channel blockers’
This is not a complete list of warnings and interactions. For an exhaustive list, consult the patient information leaflet or ask your doctor for advice.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you and never exceed the directed dose. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
For infections of the vagina, insert the cream into the vagina once per day, before bed, using the applicator provided. To fill the applicator with cream:
- Remove the cap from the tube
- Screw the yellow end of the applicator with the green band onto the tube and squeeze
- While squeezing, gently pull out the inner plunger to fill the tube with cream
To use the applicator:
- Remove the cap from the tube
- Take the yellow end, and insert it into your vagina, making sure the green band is well into your vagina also
- Push the plunger to empty the cream
- This may be easier if you lie down on your back with your knees up
Once finished and all the cream has been emptied, remove the applicator and put it in the bin. Wash your hands thoroughly after use.
For infections outside of the vagina, apply the cream twice per day to the affected area. Always make sure that you wash your hands before and after use.
More detailed information and instructions for application can be found in the patient information leaflet.
Common Side Effects of Gyno-Dactarin
Like all medicines, this medicine may cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them. Side effects after you apply the cream are usually mild to moderate in nature, and might involve:
- Stomach pains
- Vaginal bleeding
Some people may be allergic to Gyno-Daktarin, in rare cases. If you experience an allergic reaction, this is serious and you should stop using the medication and tell your doctor, or visit your nearest casualty department immediately. Symptoms may include:
- Severe irritation or reddening of the skin
- Swelling of the face, lips or tongue
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
This is not an exhaustive list and you should consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are concerned or want more information.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What do I do if I forget to use Gyno-Daktarin?
Apply the cream as soon as you remember, then continue the rest of your treatment as usual. Never use a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If I stop using Gyno-Daktarin, what will happen?
Do not suddenly stop using Gyno-Daktarin as this may cause the symptoms of the infection to return. Ensure that you complete the full course of treatment.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes, alcohol is not known to affect the function of this medication.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
A full list of ingredients for this treatment can be found in the patient information leaflet. Do not use it if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.