Aftate Topical

Name: Aftate Topical

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Absorbine Jr. Antifungal
  • Aftate
  • Blis-To-Sol
  • Dermasept Antifungal
  • Fungi-Guard
  • Podactin
  • Q-Naftate
  • Tinactin
  • Tinaderm
  • Ting

In Canada

  • Athlete's Foot Gel
  • Dr. Scholl's Athlete's Foot
  • Pitrex
  • Scholl's Athlete's Foot Spray
  • Scholl Tritin Antifungal Powder
  • Scholl Tritin Antifungal Spray Powder
  • Tinactin Aerosol Liquid
  • Tinactin Aerosol Powder
  • Tinactin Jock Itch
  • Tinactin Plus
  • Tinactin Plus Aerosol Powder

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Ointment
  • Spray
  • Cream
  • Lotion
  • Gel/Jelly
  • Powder
  • Solution

Therapeutic Class: Antifungal

Precautions While Using Aftate

If your skin problem does not improve within 4 weeks, or if it becomes worse, check with your health care professional.

To help prevent reinfection after the period of treatment with this medicine, the powder or spray powder form of this medicine may be used each day after bathing and carefully drying the affected area.


Before using tolnaftate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: immune system problems (e.g., organ transplant, HIV disease), diabetes.

This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.


Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.

Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

For the Consumer

Applies to tolnaftate topical: topical cream, topical gel/jelly, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical powder, topical solution, topical spray

Along with its needed effects, tolnaftate topical (the active ingredient contained in Aftate) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking tolnaftate topical:

  • Skin irritation not present before use of this medicine

When you apply the aerosol solution form of this medicine, a mild temporary stinging may be expected.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to tolnaftate topical: compounding powder, topical aerosol powder, topical cream, topical ointment, topical powder, topical solution, topical spray


A case of sensitization to butylated hydroxytoluene which is found in some of the tolnaftate topical (the active ingredient contained in Aftate) preparations has been reported.[Ref]

Dermatologic side effects have included a mild skin irritation.[Ref]

Some side effects of Aftate may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.