Butenafine

Butenafine skin cream

What is butenafine skin cream?
BUTENAFINE (Mentaxreg;) is an antifungal type of antibiotic. It treats fungal infections of the skin such as candida, ringworm, jock itch or athlete’s foot. Generic butenafine skin cream is not available.

What should my health care professional know before I use butenafine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to butenafine, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?
Butenafine skin cream is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Keep away from eyes, nose, mouth, vagina and other mucous membranes. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use (if treating hand infections, only wash hands before use). Apply a thin layer of the product to cover the affected skin and surrounding area. You can cover the area with a sterile gauze dressing (bandage); do not use an airtight bandage (such as a plastic-covered bandage). Use at regular intervals. Finish the full course prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on your prescriber’s advice.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses without advice.

What drug(s) may interact with butenafine?

  • There are no known interactions between butenafine skin cream and other drugs

    Tell your prescriber or health care professional about other skin products you are using. Do not apply butenafine at the same site as other skin preparations without advice.

    What side effects may I notice from using butenafine?
    Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

    • if area being treated worsens or shows signs of increased irritation, itching, burning, blistering, swelling, or oozing

    Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

    • burning
    • cracking skin
    • itching
    • rash
    • scaling
    • skin irritation
    • stinging

    What should I watch for while taking butenafine?
    Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve after the full course of treatment, or if the condition worsens during treatment. You may have a skin infection that does not respond to butenafine.

    To help clear up your infection completely and to help make sure it does not return, it is important to have good health habits. If you are using butenafine for jock itch, do not wear underwear that is tight-fitting or made from synthetic materials such as rayon or nylon. Instead, wear loose-fitting, cotton underwear. Also, dry the groin area completely after bathing. If you are using butenafine for ringworm of the foot (athlete’s foot), carefully dry the feet, especially between the toes, after bathing. Do not wear socks made from wool or synthetic materials such as rayon or nylon. Instead, wear clean cotton socks and change them daily or more often if your feet sweat frequently. Also, try to wear sandals or shoes that are well-ventilated.

    Where can I keep my medicine?
    Keep out of the reach of children.

    Store at room temperature between 5-30 degrees C (41-86 degrees F). Avoid excessive heat above 40 degrees C (104 degrees F); do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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