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Desenex Maximum Athletes Foot Cream Side Effects

Generic name: terbinafine topical

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 27, 2022.

Note: This document contains side effect information about terbinafine topical. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Desenex Maximum Athletes Foot Cream.

Applies to terbinafine topical: topical cream, topical gel/jelly, topical spray.

Serious side effects

Along with its needed effects, terbinafine topical (the active ingredient contained in Desenex Maximum Athletes Foot Cream) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking terbinafine topical:


  • Dryness
  • redness
  • itching
  • burning
  • peeling
  • rash
  • stinging
  • tingling
  • or other signs of skin irritation not present before use of this medicine

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to terbinafine topical: topical cream, topical gel, topical solution, topical spray.


Dermatologic side effects have included burning or irritation (1.3%), itching (1.1%), skin exfoliation (1%), and erythematous rash (0.9%).[Ref]


Therapy was discontinued in clinical trials by 0.2% of patients treated with terbinafine solution and 0.6% of patients treated with placebo.[Ref]

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1. "Product Information. Lamisil (terbinafine)." Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corporation (2001):

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.