Treatment

There are drugs available to treat Valley Fever. Most people who get this disease (50-60%), do not receive treatment for their infection and their body takes care of the fungus on its own.  For the 40% – 50% that seek medical attention, treatment is based on how severe the disease is and other factors (certain diseases like diabetes, cancer treatment, etc.) increase the likelihood of receiving medicine.

Individuals with this disease that are almost always treated include: a person who develops severe pneumonia right after infection, pneumonia that doesn’t go away, and anytime the fungus leaves the lungs and goes to other places in the body (disseminated disease).  Your doctor will utilize a combination of physical examinations, laboratory tests to follow how you are doing, and take x-rays to guide his or her decision to prescribe medicine.

At this time, the primary medicine options used to treat Valley Fever are:

Trade NameDrug NameHow's Medicine Taken
Diflucanfluconazoleoral (pill) or IV
Sporanoxitraconazoleoral (pill)
Nizoralketoconazoleoral (pill)
Funizoneamphotericin B deoxycholateIV
Amphotec, Abelcet, Ambisomeamphotericin B lipid formulationIV
New Medicines
VFENDvoriconazoleoral (pill and liquid) or IV
Noxafilposaconazoleoral (liquid)