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The patient should be instructed to:
- Use Mentax® (butenafine) Cream, 1%, as directed by the physician. The hands should be washed after applying the medication to the affected area(s). Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, and other mucous membranes. Mentax® (butenafine) Cream, 1%, is for external use only.
- Dry the affected area(s) thoroughly before application, if you wish to apply Mentax® (butenafine) Cream, 1%, after bathing.
- Use the medication for the full treatment time recommended by the physician, even though symptoms may have improved. Notify the physician if there is no improvement after the end of the prescribed treatment period, or sooner, if the condition worsens (see below).
- Inform the physician if the area of application shows signs of increased irritation, redness, itching, burning, blistering, swelling, or oozing.
- Avoid the use of occlusive dressings unless otherwise directed by the physician.
- Do not use this medication for any disorder other than that for which it was prescribed.
Last reviewed on RxList: 4/3/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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