Medically reviewed: October 13, 2016
What is butenafine topical?
Butenafine is an antifungal medication that fights infections caused by fungus.
Butenafine topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use butenafine topical if you are allergic to it.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether butenafine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Butenafine is not approved for use by anyone younger than 12 years old.
How should I take butenafine topical?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not take by mouth. Butenafine topical is for use only on the skin.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Wash your hands before and after using this medicine.
Clean and dry the affected area. Apply the medicine as directed.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment, or if they get worse.
Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the medicine container tightly closed when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of butenafine is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
What should I avoid while taking butenafine topical?
If this medicine gets in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina, rinse with water.
Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with butenafine unless your doctor tells you to.
Avoid wearing tight-fitting, synthetic clothing that doesn't allow air circulation. Wear loose-fitting clothing made of cotton and other natural fibers until your infection is healed.
Butenafine topical side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using butenafine and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, or irritation of treated skin.
Common side effects may include:
mild stinging, burning, or itching where the medicine was applied.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect butenafine topical?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied butenafine. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Your pharmacist has additional information about butenafine topical.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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