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Butenafine is used in the treatment of different forms of skin infections caused by fungi such as Athlete’s foot, ringworm and Jock itch (fungal infection of the groin area). 

How it works

Butenafine is an antifungal that belongs to a category of drugs called as allylamines. It acts by inhibiting the synthesis of ergosterol, which is an essential component of cell membrane of the fungi, resulting in inhibition of their growth and development.

Common side effects

Burning sensation, Stinging sensation, Itching


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Expert advice

  • Butenafine cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you notice change in color or burning sensation of skin.
  • Before applying the cream wash and completely dry the affected area.
  • Do not use butenafine cream for other skin conditions.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Does butenafine hydrochloride kill ringworm/ kill yeast?
Yes. Butenafine kills ringworm and yeast.
Q. Is butenafine hydrochloride a steroid?
No. Butenafine is not a steroid. It is an antifungal drug.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)