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A 38-year-old female asked:

Does tysabri / natalizumab increase the risk of shingles?

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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Yes: If you have had chickenpox, then taking Natalizumab will increase your risk of developing shingles. Exactly how much your risk is increased is unknown but Natalizumab use has been associated with an increased risk of serious herpes virus infections (the virus that causes shingles is a herpes virus).
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