How Does Monistat Work?

Monistat is an antifungal medication that works by preventing fungus from growing, according to RxList. This medication is used to treat vaginal yeast infections and is used every day for one, three or seven days depending on the treatment option selected, as explained by the manufacturer’s website.

As of 2014, Monistat is available as a vaginal cream, ointment, suppository and ExpressRelease Ovule. The ExpressRelease Ovule is designed for quick relief of symptoms and less mess, according to the manufacturer. In addition, the Ovule stays in place, allowing it to be inserted at any time of the day.

It is best to insert Monistat vaginal cream, ointment or suppositories just before going to bed because this allows the medication to work best, according to MedlinePlus. To use Monistat cream, ointment or suppositories, the patient fills the applicator or unwraps the suppository and places it on the applicator as instructed. While lying on her back, the patient then inserts the applicator into the vagina, pushes the plunger to dispense the medication and removes the applicator.

Thoroughly washing hands after applying Monistat is advised to prevent the spread of infection, according to MedlinePlus. Patients may wear a sanitary pad to prevent clothing from being stained, but tampon use is not recommended. Patients who begin menstruating while using Monistat should continue treatment as directed.