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Echinocandins

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Echinocandins are antifungal medications that work by inhibiting cell wall synthesis. They do this by inhibiting the synthesis of Beta-glucan. These drugs are used for treating invasive aspergillosis and candida. Side effects of echinocandin use, though rare, include GI upset and flushing, due to histamine release.
7 KEY FACTS
"-Fungin" suffix
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Echinocandins are recognizable because they share a "-fungin" suffix. Example medications include caspofungin and micafungin.

INDICATIONS
Invasive Aspergillosis
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These medications are used empirically in patients with invasive aspergillosis. It can also be used in patients who have refractory infection, or are intolerant of other medications, such as amphotericin B or itraconazole.

Candida
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This drug class is approved for use against invasive candidiasis as well, with specific indications for intra-abdominal abscesses, peritonitis, pleural cavity infections, and esophagitis.

MECHANISM
Inhibits Cell Wall Synthesis
Disrupted Cell Wall

This drug makes fungi susceptible to destruction by inhibiting cell wall synthesis, thus decreasing fungal cell wall integrity.

Inhibits Synthesis of Beta-glucan
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This drug class inhibits the enzyme that make Beta-glucan, which is an integral part of fungal cell walls.

SIDE EFFECTS
GI Distress
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This drug class has a very low incidence of side effects, but patients have been known to complain of GI upset and distress.

Flushing
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Patients can complain of flushing or hypersensitivity reactions, as echinocandins can promote histamine release.

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