Common side effects of Monistat 1 include mild vaginal burning, itching or irritation. Serious side effects requiring medical attention include foul-smelling vaginal discharge; fever or chills; nausea or vomiting; stomach pain; and severe, long-lasting vaginal burning, itching or irritation, according to Drugs.com. Some women experience headaches, adds WebMD. Signs of an allergic reaction requiring emergency care include hives, rash, dizziness, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, mouth, lips or tongue.
Using Monistat 1 may weaken birth control products such as as latex condoms, cervical caps and diaphragms, potentially causing them to fail, cautions WebMD. Pregnant or nursing women should talk with their doctor before using Monistat 1, and women should not use tampons, spermacides, douches or other vaginal products while using Monistat 1. Women should use unscented pantyliners or pads until all symptoms clear, states Drugs.com.
Monistat 1 is suitable for vaginal use only; if contact with the eyes occurs, flush with cool water, advises Drugs.com. It is important to wash hands thoroughly after handling Monistat 1.
Monistat 1 ointment treats vaginal yeast infections, effectively reducing vaginal itching, burning and discharge that accompany the condition, explains WebMD. As an azole antifungal, Monistat
1 stops yeast growth to kill fungal infections but is ineffective against other types of vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis.