Current options in antifungal pharmacotherapy

Pharmacotherapy. 2008 May;28(5):614-45. doi: 10.1592/phco.28.5.614.


Infections caused by yeasts and molds continue to be associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients. Many antifungal drugs have been developed over the past 15 years to aid in the management of these infections. However, treatment is still not optimal, as the epidemiology of the fungal infections continues to change and the available antifungal agents have varying toxicities and drug-interaction potential. Several investigational antifungal drugs, as well as nonantifungal drugs, show promise for the management of these infections.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Azoles / therapeutic use
  • Echinocandins / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Mycoses / drug therapy*
  • Polyenes / therapeutic use


  • Antifungal Agents
  • Azoles
  • Echinocandins
  • Polyenes