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Daktarin Intensiv Cream

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Last updated on emc: 09 Nov 2020
1. Name of the medicinal product

Daktarin Intensiv Cream

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Ketoconazole 2% w/w.

Excipients with known effect: propylene glycol 20% w/w, stearyl alcohol 7.5% w/w, cetyl alcohol 2% w/w.

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form


White homogenous cream.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

For the treatment of the following mycotic infections of the skin: tinea pedis and tinea cruris.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Ketoconazole cream is for use in adults.

For the treatment of tinea pedis (athlete's foot) and tinea cruris (dhobie itch).

Tinea cruris and tinea pedis: It is recommended that Daktarin Intensiv Cream be applied once or twice daily to cover the affected and immediate surrounding area.

The usual duration of treatment is tinea cruris 2-4 weeks, tinea pedis 4-6 weeks.

Treatment should be continued, until a few days after disappearance of all symptoms. The diagnosis should be reconsidered if no clinical improvement is noted after 4 weeks of treatment.

Method of administration: Topical administration

Paediatric patients

The safety and efficacy of Daktarin Intensiv Cream in children (17 years and younger) has not been established.

4.3 Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Daktarin Intensiv cream is not for ophthalmic use.

To prevent a rebound effect after stopping a prolonged treatment with topical corticosteroids it is recommended to continue applying a mild topical corticosteroid in the morning and to apply Daktarin Intensiv cream in the evening, and to subsequently and gradually withdraw the steroid therapy over a period of 2-3 weeks.

This medicine contains cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis). Also contains propylene glycol which may cause skin irritation.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

None known.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant or lactating women. To date, no other relevant epidemiological data are available. Data on a limited number of exposed pregnancies indicate no adverse effects of topical ketoconazole on pregnancy or on the health of the foetus/newborn child. Animal studies have shown reproductive toxicity at doses that are not relevant to the topical administration of ketoconazole.

Plasma concentrations of ketoconazole are not detectable after topical application of Daktarin Intensiv cream to the skin of non-pregnant humans (See Pharmacokinetic properties, section 5.2). There are no known risks associated with the use of Daktarin Intensiv cream in pregnancy or lactation.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

This medicine has no influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

4.8 Undesirable effects

The safety of ketoconazole cream was evaluated in 1079 subjects who participated in 30 clinical trials. Ketoconazole cream was applied topically to the skin.

Based on pooled safety data from these clinical trials, the most commonly reported (≥ 1% incidence) ADRs were (with % incidence): application site pruritus (2%), skin burning sensation (1.9%), and application site erythema (1%). Including the above-mentioned adverse drug reactions (ADRs), the following table displays ADRs that have been reported with the use of ketoconazole cream from either clinical trial or postmarketing experiences. The displayed frequency categories use the following convention:

Very Common

(≥ 1/10)


(≥ 1/100 to <1/10)


(≥ 1/1,000 to <1/100)


(≥ 1/10,000 to <1/1,000)

Very rare


Not Known

(cannot be estimated from the available clinical trial data).

System Organ Class

Adverse Drug Reactions

Frequency Category


(≥ 1/100 to <1/10)


(≥ 1/1,000 to <1/100)

Not Known

Immune System Disorders


Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders

Skin burning sensation

Bullous eruption

Dermatitis contact


Skin exfoliation

Sticky skin


General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions

Application site erythema

Application site pruritus

Application site bleeding

Application site discomfort

Application site dryness

Application site inflammation

Application site irritation

Application site paraesthesia

Application site reaction

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

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4.9 Overdose

Topical application

Excessive topical application may lead to erythema, oedema and a burning sensation, which will disappear upon discontinuation of the treatment.

In the event of accidental ingestion, supportive and symptomatic measures should be carried out.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Imidazole and triazole derivatives

ATC code: D01AC08

Ketoconazole has a potent antimycotic action against dermatophytes and yeasts. Ketoconazole cream acts rapidly on the pruritus, which is commonly seen in dermatophyte and yeast infections. This symptomatic improvement often occurs before the first signs of healing are observed.

A study in 250 patients has shown that application twice daily for 7 days of ketoconazole 2% cream vs clotrimazole 1% cream for 4 weeks on both feet demonstrated efficacy in patients with tinea pedis (athlete's foot) presenting lesions between the toes.

The primary efficacy endpoint was negative microscopic KOH examination at 4 weeks. Ketoconazole 2% treatment showed equivalent efficacy to 4 weeks clotrimazole 1% treatment. There was no evidence of relapse following treatment with ketoconazole cream at 8 weeks.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Plasma concentrations of ketoconazole were not detectable after topical administration of ketoconazole Cream in adults on the skin. In one study in infants with seborrhoeic dermatitis (n = 19), where approximately 40 g of ketoconazole cream was applied daily on 40% of the body surface area, plasma levels of ketoconazole were detected in 5 infants, ranging from 32 to 133 ng/mL.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Effects in non-clinical studies were observed only at exposures considered sufficiently in excess of the maximum human exposure indicating little relevance to clinical use.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Propylene glycol

Stearyl alcohol

Cetyl alcohol

Sorbitan stearate

Polysorbate 60

Isopropyl myristate

Sodium sulphite anhydrous (E221)

Polysorbate 80

Purified water

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

3 years

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25° C.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Tube made of 99.7% aluminum, lined on inner side with heat polymerised epoxyphenol resin with a latex coldseal ring at the end of the tube. The cap is made of 60% polypropylene, 30% calcium carbonate and 10% glyceryl monostearate.

Tubes of 5, 15 and 30g.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

No special requirements.

Any unused medicinal products or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

McNeil Products Limited

50 – 100 Holmers Farm Way

High Wycombe


HP12 4EG

United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 15513/0181

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation


10. Date of revision of the text

02 November 2020

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