What is Daktarin Oral Gel?
Daktarin Oral Gel is a treatment for fungal infections and oral thrush which can be used in the mouth, or for infections in the throat, gut, or stomach. Its sugar-free formula is suitable for children as young as four months old and has a tasty orange flavour which will make it easier to use this medication until your infection has completely cleared.
What are fungal infections and oral thrush?
Thrush is a type of fungal infection which can appear in many different places all over the body, including the inside of the mouth, where it's known as oral thrush. Fungal infections happen when the delicate balance of natural bacteria in your body becomes disrupted, allowing natural yeast or fungus to grow and thrive, causing infection. Fungal infections like oral thrush can be uncomfortable, but can often be cleared up quickly and easily when given the proper treatment.
How will Daktarin Oral Gel help to treat a fungal infection in my mouth?
Every gram of Daktarin contains 20mg of the active ingredient, miconazole. Miconazole is an antifungal medication which tackles the fungi that cause fungal infections, destroying the fungi so your infection can clear up as quickly as possible.
Can I use this product while I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this or any other medication. Some medications may not be safe for you or your baby during pregnancy or breastfeeding, and your doctor or pharmacist can recommend an alternative remedy that will be safe for you both. Your doctor may still recommend Daktarin Oral Gel at this time if they think that you need it.
Can I give this treatment to my baby?
This product can be used to treat children aged over 4 months who are suffering from fungal infections. It’s ideal for infants who are suffering from oral thrush and may be too young to take other remedies safely.
Can I use this product if I’m taking other medication?
You should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using Daktarin Oral Gel if you are taking any other medication, including those bought without a prescription. Some medications can interact when used together, making them less effective or causing unpleasant side effects. Do not use this product if you are taking:
- Hay fever or allergy medications terfenadine, astemizole, or mizolastine
- Cisapride, which is a medication for digestive problems
- Lovastatin or simvastatin, which are medications to lower cholesterol
- Pimozide or sertindole, medication for conditions that affect thoughts, feelings, or behaviour
- Quinidine or dofetilide, medications for an irregular heartbeat
- Ergotamine, medication to treat a migraine
How to use this gel
Wash your hands before using this product. Apply Daktarin Oral Gel directly to the affected area with a clean finger if the infection is only in the mouth. If you are wearing dentures, remove them at night and rub them with the gel to prevent them from getting infected too. For best result, use after meals. You should apply this gel as your doctor tells you to, however, the suggested amount of this product is:
- For adults and children over the age of 2, suffering from an infection of the mouth or throat, apply 2.5ml (half a 5ml teaspoon) of gel four times a day, after food.
- For infants ages, 4 months – 2 years old, apply 1.25ml (a quarter of a 5ml teaspoon) of gel four times a day, after food
- For adults and children aged over 4 months, use 20mg per kg of the patient’s body weight every day. Divide this into 4 equal doses and take throughout the day. The maximum dose is 10ml of gel, four times a day.
Continue to use this product for at least a week after all of your symptoms have gone away. Do not take more than the recommended daily dose.
Can I buy Daktarin Oral Gel over the counter?
You do not need a prescription for Daktarin Oral Gel, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist 4 U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that this product is the best choice for you.
When should this product not be used?
Daktarin Oral Gel is not suitable for use by children under the age of 4 months, due to risk of choking. This oral gel is sticky, which helps it to stay in place and get to work. However, this can cause a choking hazard to children if it gets stuck in their throat and closes it off. Never apply this product to the back of the throat and supervise all children who use this product. Do not use this product if you are allergic to miconazole, similar antifungal medications, or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not use this product if you suffer from liver problems.
Does this product have any side effects?
Like all medications, Daktarin can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include:
- Signs of a severe allergic reaction, e.g. swelling of the face, lips tongue, or throat, difficulty swallowing, hives, breathing difficulties, severe irritation, reddening, or blistering of the skin
- Severe skin disorders showing symptoms such as peeling, rashes with small pus containing pimples (with a fever), blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes, and genitals
- Generalised itch
- Difficulty breathing
- If you are taking blood-thinning medication (anticoagulants) such as warfarin, you could experience unexpected bleeding or bruising, nosebleeds, coughing up blood, blood in urine, black tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Dry mouth
- Feeling or being sick
- Mouth discomfort
- Regurgitating food or liquid
- Gel tastes abnormal
- Loss or change in sense of taste
- Inflammation of the liver
- Sore mouth
- Tongue discolouration
- Rash filled with pus-filled pimples or blisters
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting side effects of this product, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this gel
Store this product in a cool, dry place, that is below 30 degrees C. Store in the original packaging, do not use after the expiration date printed on the packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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The active substance in Daktarin oral gel is miconazole. Each gram (g) of Daktarin oral gel contains 20 milligrams (mg) of miconazole.
The other ingredients are pregelatinised potato starch, alcohol, polysorbate 20 (E432), sodium saccharin, cocoa flavour, orange flavour, glycerol and water.
What is oral thrush?
If you’ve got white patches on your tongue and your mouth is feeling sore and red, then you could be dealing with a charming fungal infection called oral thrush.
Oral thrush is a pretty common infection that can affect men, women, and children, so if you’re worried that a member of your family could be suffering with this one, then you’ve come to the right place!
Let’s have a look at what makes oral thrush the thoroughly lovely infection it is.
Everything you need to know about thrush in men
If things are feeling a little itchy in your private area, then it might be a something a little more serious than just the everyday need to scratch.
You could be suffering with male thrush, which can leave you feeling itchy, uncomfortable, and more than a little irritated.
Don’t let thrush get you down, we’ve written this guide to tell you all you need to know about male thrush and how you can get rid of it.
Have I got bacterial vaginosis (BV) or thrush?
Thrush and Bacterial Vaginosis are common infections that can make your intimate area feel less than friendly.
If you’re struggling with an infection, you’re going to want to get rid of it fast, if only so you can lose the annoying itching!
But how can you tell the difference between these two very similar infections? Let’s find out the facts and see what makes them so different.
Your guide to thrush when breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing but sometimes you can have troubling problems which make this special bonding time with your baby a lot more complicated.
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If you’re a breastfeeding parent who is worried about thrush, this guide will help you to learn everything you need to know about thrush and how it can affect breastfeeding.
What if I get thrush when I'm pregnant?
If you’re pregnant you’re probably getting used to all of the strange changes that are happening to your body, but if you’re feeling an itching, burning sensation in your intimate area the cause could be more than just pregnancy.
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What is thrush?
You’ve probably heard of thrush or yeast infections, but what are they really?
If you’re not sure, and you’ve found yourself with an unpleasant itching sensation in your genital area, you could be wondering if thrush is to blame.
Luckily, yeast infections can be pretty easy to spot, so let’s see if we can answer some of your questions about all things thrush.
Can I use this product for angular cheilitis caused by stomach acid?
Angular cheilitis (AC) is inflammation of one or both corners of the mouth. Often the corners are red with skin breakdown and crusting. It can also be itchy or painful. The condition can last for days to years.
The main things you’ll notice are irritation and soreness in the corner(s) of your mouth. One or both corners may be:
Fungal infection is the most common cause of angular cheilitis. It’s usually caused by a type of yeast called Candida-- the same fungus that causes nappy rash in babies. Certain bacteria strains also can cause it.
Daktarin Oral Gel may assist with this treatment, but would obtain a full diagnosis from your doctor to confirm.
I want to buy this product but have a question if this is suitable for cuts on side of mouth
You can easily do inner lip wound care at home. Rinse with salt water or a 1:1 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water multiple times a day, like after meals. Salt water rinses have been shown to help your body heal.
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