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Current Fungal Infection Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 87–95 | Cite as

Use of Antifungal Combination Therapy: Agents, Order, and Timing

  • Melissa D. JohnsonEmail author
  • John R. Perfect
Article

Abstract

Given the substantial morbidity and mortality related to invasive fungal infections, treatment with a combination of antifungal agents is often considered. A growing body of literature from in vitro studies, animal models, and clinical experience provides data evaluating this approach. This review describes combination antifungal strategies for the management of cryptococcal meningitis, invasive candidiasis, invasive aspergillosis, and rare mold infections. The potential effects that sequencing and timing have on the efficacy of such approaches are discussed, with a focus on recent clinical data in this arena.

Keywords

Antifungal agents Mycoses Drug therapy, combination Candidiasis Amphotericin B Flucytosine Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation Aspergillosis Triazoles Flucytosine Imidazoles Fluconazole Zygomycosis Mucormycosis Fungi Echinocandins Aspergillus Meningitis, cryptococcal Cryptococcosis Cryptococcus Candida 

Notes

Disclosure

Dr. Johnson is a consultant for Enzon Pharmaceuticals and has received research grants from Merck, Pfizer, and Basilea Pharmaceutica. Dr. Perfect is a speaker and Principal Investigator for Astellas, Enzon, Merck, Pfizer, and Schering-Plough.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health SciencesDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Division of Infectious Diseases & International HealthDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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