What is Daktacort?
Daktacort is an antifungal medicine. It contains two active ingredients:
- Miconazole nitrate, a medicine that kills the fungi on the skin, and
- Hydrocortisone, a corticosteroid that reduces pain, swelling and itching.
Daktacort is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Daktacort used for?
Daktacort is used to treat fungal infections when rapid relief from itching and pain is also needed. It can be used for fungal infection of the feet (athlete’s foot), a condition that causes the skin on the feet to become red and scaly, possibly with small pustules and an unpleasant smell. Athlete’s foot usually manifests itself as a rash in the spaces between the toes (often between the 4th and 5th toes initially) but can also occur in other areas. Daktacort kills the fungi that cause the infection and provides relief from itching and pain.
How to use Daktacort
Daktacort is available as a cream or ointment. Wash and dry the skin thoroughly before applying Daktacort and remove any loose skin. Apply the product to the affected areas and wash your hands directly after you are finished applying. Avoid contact with the eyes. The active ingredient hydrocortisone is not suitable for long-term use. For this reason, Daktacort is usually only prescribed in courses up to a maximum of ten days. As soon as the itching subsides, you should switch to a cream or ointment containing only miconazole nitrate which should be used for a prolonged period of time.
Unless otherwise advised by a doctor, the usual dose in adults and children is:
- apply to the affected area(s) once or twice a day for five to ten days.
The duration of treatment should be determined by a doctor. Read the package leaflet before use.
All medicines can cause side effects, although some people may not experience any. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with Daktacort:
- Skin irritation at the application site (e.g. itching or burning or stinging sensation).
Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are severe. For more information, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Daktacort
Daktacort is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to miconazole nitrate, hydrocortisone or any other ingredient in this medicine.
Daktacort should only be used for fungal skin infections that are accompanied by itching and pain. Daktacort may interact with other medicines. Therefore, it is important to tell the doctor what other medicines you are taking when you order.
Do not use Daktacort if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine does not affect your ability to drive safely.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol.