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Desenex Spray Side Effects

Generic name: tolnaftate topical

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 31, 2023.

Note: This document contains side effect information about tolnaftate topical. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Desenex Spray.

Applies to tolnaftate topical: topical cream, topical powder, topical solution, topical spray.

Serious side effects of Desenex Spray

Along with its needed effects, tolnaftate topical (the active ingredient contained in Desenex Spray) 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 tolnaftate topical:

When you apply the aerosol solution form of this medicine, a mild temporary stinging may be expected.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to tolnaftate topical: compounding powder, topical aerosol powder, topical cream, topical ointment, topical powder, topical solution, topical spray.


Dermatologic side effects have included a mild skin irritation.[Ref]

A case of sensitization to butylated hydroxytoluene which is found in some of the tolnaftate topical preparations has been reported.[Ref]


1. Product Information. Tinactin (tolnaftate topical). Southwood Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2002.

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.