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Miconazole (Molecule of the Month for April 2017)

Athlete's Foot, Monistat

Miconazole is an antifungal medication used to treat ring worm, pityriasis versicolor, and yeast infections of the skin or vagina. Miconazole is in the imidazole family of medications. It works by decreasing the ability of fungi to make ergosterol, an important part of its cell membrane.

Miconazole is mainly used externally for the treatment of athlete's foot, ringworm, and jock itch. Internal application is used for oral or vaginal thrush (yeast infection). The oral gel may also be used for the lip disorder angular cheilitis.

Miconazole is also used in Ektachrome film developing in the final rinse of the Kodak E-6 process and similar Fuji CR-56 process, replacing formaldehyde. Fuji Hunt also includes miconazole as a final rinse additive in their formulation of the C-41RA rapid access color negative developing process.

Formal Chemical Name (IUPAC)



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Update by Karl Harrison
(Molecule of the Month for April 2017 )

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