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Butenafine is classified as an antifungal custom drug and as such its primary function is to stop the growth of fungus. Butenafine is often prescribed to fight athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. It is a topical agent applied to the skin. Butenafine is sometimes prescribed to patients who suffer from a condition called pityriasis which can lighten or darken the skin in various parts of the body.

How to Use Butenafine

Butenafine is a topical for application to the skin only. Before using butenafine, clean the target area and gently dry. Use butenafine twice daily or as directed by your dermatologist or primary care physician. Contact your compounding pharmacist for ongoing questions while using butenafine.

Possible Side Effects

Common side effects seen with butenafine are:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Irritation

If any of the above are experienced, seek medical assistance if you feel it is needed. Always seek medical attention if any side effects are increasing in intensity and/or lingering. Severe allergic reactions may occur in some patients using butenafine. Watch for severe allergic reactions and get medical attention right away if you experience any of the following:

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Itching and/or Swelling (notice the face, throat and tongue)
  • Rash
  • Severe Dizziness


There are currently no known disease contraindications for butenafine. Anyone allergic to terbinafine/butenafine or butenafine should consult with his or her physician before using butenafine.

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