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Drug Information

What is Butenafine used for?

Butenafine is a topical cream used to treat certain fungal infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. This antifungal medication works by preventing the growth of fungus on your skin.

How to take Butenafine?

The dosage of Butenafine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Clean and dry the affected area. Then apply a thin layer of Butenafine cream. Wash your hands after using the cream.

If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Butenafine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

Any medication applied in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Butenafine, seek medical attention immediately.

What are the drugs that interact with Butenafine?

  • Cyclosporine
  • Prednisone

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Butenafine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Butenafine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Butenafine can interact with corticosteroids.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the Side Effects of Butenafine?

Like other medicines, Butenafine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Butenafine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Butenafine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Butenafine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Butenafine can cause side effects such as:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Stinging
  • Irritation
  • Redness of the skin

This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are applying Butenafine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Butenafine?

Is it possible for me to apply Butenafine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Butenafine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Butenafine?
How will Butenafine work in my body?
How should Butenafine be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Butenafine drug interactions and side effects?


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