Which medications in the drug class Antifungals are used in the treatment of Onycholysis?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Melanie S Hecker, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Antifungals treat superinfection of the onycholytic nail by dermatophytic molds and/or candidal yeasts.

Clotrimazole (Mycelex, Lotrimin)

Clotrimazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that inhibits yeast growth by altering cell membrane permeability, causing the death of fungal cells.

Econazole topical (Ecoza)

Econazole is effective in cutaneous infections. It interferes with RNA and protein synthesis and metabolism. Econazole disrupts fungal cell wall membrane permeability, causing fungal cell death.

Ketoconazole topical (Nizoral)

Ketoconazole is an imidazole broad-spectrum antifungal agent; it inhibits the synthesis of ergosterol, causing cellular components to leak, resulting in fungal cell death.

Fluconazole (Diflucan)

Fluconazole is a synthetic oral antifungal (broad-spectrum bistriazole) that selectively inhibits fungal cytochrome P450 and sterol C-14 alpha-demethylation.

Itraconazole (Sporanox)

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

Terbinafine (Lamisil)

Terbinafine was the first oral allylamine antimycotic agent to be released, having a different mode of action than the azoles. It is considered to be fungicidal, rather than fungistatic. It inhibits the enzyme squalene epoxidase in the sterol synthesis pathway.

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