Which medications in the drug class Antifungal Agents are used in the treatment of Cellulitis?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Antifungal Agents

Antifungal agents such as itraconazole and terbinafine work by inhibiting the biosynthesis of ergosterol, which is an essential component of the fungal cell membrane.

Itraconazole (Sporanox)

Itraconazole is a synthetic triazole that has fungistatic activity. It slows fungal cell growth by inhibiting cytochrome P-450–dependent synthesis of ergosterol, a vital component of fungal cell membranes.

Terbinafine (Lamisil, Terbinex)

Terbinafine inhibits squalene epoxidase, which decreases ergosterol synthesis, causing fungal cell death. Use medication until symptoms significantly improve.

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