Skip to Content
Here’s what to ask a doctor about hereditary angioedema

Aftate spray

Generic Name: tolnaftate (tole-NAF-tate)
Brand Name: Examples include Aftate and Tinactin

Aftate spray is used for:

Treating certain fungal infections such as athlete's foot and ringworm. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Aftate spray is an antifungal. It works by blocking the growth of fungi that cause skin infections.

Do NOT use Aftate spray if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Aftate spray

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Aftate spray:

Some medical conditions may interact with Aftate spray. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Aftate spray. Because little, if any, of Aftate spray is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Aftate spray may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Aftate spray:

Use Aftate spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Aftate spray is for topical use on the skin only.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Clean the affected area and dry thoroughly. Hold can about 6 inches away from the affected area. Spray a thin layer of medicine over the affected area in the morning and the evening, or as directed by your doctor. If you are using Aftate spray for athlete's foot, make sure you spray the spaces between the toes.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Aftate spray, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • For athlete's foot, wear well-fitting, ventilated shoes and change shoes and socks at least once per day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, continue using Aftate spray for the full course of treatment. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Aftate spray, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Aftate spray.

Important safety information:

  • Aftate spray is for external use only. Do not get Aftate spray in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid inhaling the vapors. If you get Aftate spray in your eyes, wash thoroughly with cool water.
  • If your condition does not improve within 4 weeks or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.
  • Aftate spray is extremely flammable. Do not store or use near a fire or other open flame, or while smoking. Do not puncture or burn container.
  • Aftate spray may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken Aftate spray by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • It is important to use Aftate spray for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of Aftate spray and may increase the risk that the fungus will no longer be sensitive to Aftate spray and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other antifungals in the future.
  • Aftate spray is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age unless directed by a doctor. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Aftate spray during pregnancy. It is unknown if Aftate spray is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Aftate spray, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Aftate spray:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Skin irritation.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe irritation.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Aftate spray:

Store Aftate spray at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Avoid temperatures above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Aftate spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Aftate spray, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Aftate spray is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Aftate spray or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Aftate spray. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Aftate spray. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Aftate spray.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Hide