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Antifungal drug Mentax (butenafine)

Mentax 1% is indicated to treat several fungal skin diseases like athlete’s foot, ringworm, interdigital tinea pedis, tinea corporis and jock itch. The generic name of Mentax topical is Butenafine HCl.

Mentax (butenafine) cream

Drug Composition

Mentax cream contains butenafine hydrochloride which is a synthetic antifungal substance. Butenafine belongs to a class of antifungal agents called benzylamines which have a similar structure to that of allylamines. The empirical formula of the compound is C23H27N•HCl with a molecular weight of 353.93 g/mol. It is an odorless, white, crystalline powder. It is slightly soluble in water and freely soluble in ethanol, methanol and chloroform.

Uses of Mentax

This drug is also used for the topical treatment of a skin disorder known as (tinea versicolor) pityriasis which is a fungal infection causing the darkening or lightening of the skin of chest, legs or neck. Butenafine hydrochloride is an antifungal agent which works by stopping the growth of fungus.

How to Use

This medicine has to be directly applied on the skin only. Clean and pat dry the region to be treated. A thin layer of the cream has to be applied on the affected region and rub in gently generally 1-2 times a day. Consult your pharmacist/doctor if you are not sure about any of the information mentioned on the product package. Hands should be washed properly after using the cream. The medicine should not be applied in the eyes, mouth or nose, or on the scalp or inside the vagina. Flush with sufficient water if the cream gets inside these areas.

Side-Effects of Mentax

Redness, irritation, itching or burning at the applied region is a common reaction to this medicine. A very adverse side-effect to this medicine is rare. The most normally reported serious reactions in patients using this cream are: erythema, contact dermatitis, itching and irritation. Inform your physician or doctor immediately if any of the above effects worsen or persist.


Mentax is meant only for external use. Mentax cream is contraindicated in patients who show hypersensitivity to Butenafine HCl or any of its ingredients. Patients having any allergic reaction to allylamine or benzylamine antifungals should not use this medication. This medicine contains several inactive components which can be responsible for allergies or other problems. For more details contact your pharmacist. Inform your doctor about your past medical condition before using this medicine, mainly of athlete’s foot on the side/bottom of the foot. Drug interaction may alter the working mechanism or elevate the risk of side-effects. Do not start, change or stop the dosage of any drug without the approval of the doctor.

Use of Mentax during pregnancy

This medicine should be used during pregnancy only when it is urgently needed. No visceral, skeletal or external variations or malformations were observed after the treatment. Discuss the benefits and risks of the drug with your physician or doctor. It is not known whether this medicine is excreted into the human milk. Contact your doctor or pharmacist before breastfeeding as several drugs may have a potential risk.

Brand names

Buticrem, Ingebut, Zaxem, Scholl Athlete's Foot, Dermacom, Butop, Fintop, Derfina, Lexoderil, Funcid, Lotrimin Ultra.

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