Butenafine

By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Generic Name: Butenafine Brand Name(s): Butenafine.

Uses

What is Butenafine used for?

Butenafine is commonly used to treat a variety of fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch. This medication is also used to treat a skin condition known as pityriasis (tinea versicolor), a fungal infection that causes a lightening or darkening of the skin of the neck, chest, arms, or legs. Butenafine is an antifungal that works by preventing the growth of fungus.

Do not use this medication for the treatment of fungal nail infections.

How should I take Butenafine?

Use this medication on the skin only. Clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. Apply a thin layer of the medication to and around the affected area and gently rub in, usually 1 to 2 times daily as directed on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. If your doctor has prescribed this medication to you, then use as directed. Wash your hands after using unless the area to be treated includes the hands. Do not wrap, cover, or bandage the area unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Do not apply the medication in the eyes, nose, or mouth, inside the vagina, or on the scalp. If you do get the medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water.

The dosage and length of treatment depends on the type of infection being treated.

Do not apply more often or use longer than directed. This may increase the risk of side effects.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.

Continue to use this medication until the full treatment period is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.

Inform your doctor if your condition worsens or does not improve after the treatment period.

How do I store Butenafine?

Butenafine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Butenafine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Butenafine that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Butenafine down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Butenafine?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to butenafine; or to allylamine antifungals (e.g., naftifine, terbinafine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: athlete’s foot on the bottom/side of the foot.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Butenafine during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this Butenafine. This Butenafine is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Butenafine?

Burning, irritation, redness, or itching at the application site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

If your doctor has prescribed this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: blistering/swelling/oozing at the application site.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Butenafine?

Butenafine may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Butenafine?

Butenafine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Butenafine?

Butenafine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Butenafine.

What is the dose of Butenafine for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Versicolor

Apply to the affected and immediate surrounding skin once a day for 2 weeks.

Comments:

-If no clinical improvement seen after treatment period, diagnosis and therapy should be reviewed.

-This drug was not studied in immunocompromised patients.

Use: For the topical treatment of the dermatologic infection tinea (pityriasis) versicolor due to Malassezia furfur (formerly Pityrosporum orbiculare)

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Pedis

Apply to affected skin between and around the toes twice a day (morning and night) for 1 week or once a day for 4 weeks.

Comments:

-Unknown if effective on the bottom or sides of the foot

-Patients should wear well-fitting, ventilated shoes; they should change shoes and socks at least once a day.

Uses: For the treatment of most athlete’s foot between the toes; for relief of itching, burning, cracking, and scaling with athlete’s foot

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Corporis

Apply to affected skin once a day for 2 weeks.

Uses: For the treatment of most jock itch and ringworm; for relief of itching, burning, cracking, and scaling with jock itch and ringworm

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Cruris

Apply to affected skin once a day for 2 weeks.

Uses: For the treatment of most jock itch and ringworm; for relief of itching, burning, cracking, and scaling with jock itch and ringworm

What is the dose of Butenafine for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Versicolor

12 years or older: Apply to the affected and immediate surrounding skin once a day for 2 weeks.

Comments:

-If no clinical improvement seen after treatment period, diagnosis and therapy should be reviewed.

-This drug was not studied in immunocompromised patients.

Use: For the topical treatment of the dermatologic infection tinea versicolor due to M furfur

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Pedis

12 years or older: Apply to affected skin between and around the toes twice a day (morning and night) for 1 week or once a day for 4 weeks.

Comments:

-Unknown if effective on the bottom or sides of the foot

-Patients should wear well-fitting, ventilated shoes; they should change shoes and socks at least once a day.

Uses: For the treatment of most athlete’s foot between the toes; for relief of itching, burning, cracking, and scaling with athlete’s foot

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Corporis

12 years or older: Apply to affected skin once a day for 2 weeks.

Uses: For the treatment of most jock itch and ringworm; for relief of itching, burning, cracking, and scaling with jock itch and ringworm

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Cruris

12 years or older: Apply to affected skin once a day for 2 weeks.

Uses: For the treatment of most jock itch and ringworm; for relief of itching, burning, cracking, and scaling with jock itch and ringworm

How is Butenafine available?

Butenafine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Topical cream

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Butenafine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Review Date: January 15, 2018 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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