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Is it safe to take aleve (naproxen) for pain from shingles?

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Dr. Erin Lawson
Pain Management 18 years experience
Yes: You can take aleve for that pain. There are also a number of other options for chronic pain from shingles (postherpetic neuralgia) including topical Lidocaine ointment, some anticonvulsants like Gabapentin or lyrica, (pregabalin) or some antidepressants like Cymbalta or elavil. These are prescription medications. You couls discuss these options with your primary care provider.
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Yes: I am not sure how much good it will do but you can certainly try it.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Yes: Most effective relief from shingles pain is prescription Doxepin cream 5%. Have your dr prescribe a 45g tube & rub in several times a day.

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A 41-year-old female asked:

Is it safe to take naproxen and gabapentiin?

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Dr. Alan Kelly
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: That is a safe combo, even with the metoprolol. It is a common combo. The only issues are that the naproxen can sometimes raise blood pressure. And some people get more somnolence on the gabapentin when taking it with the naproxen. But then you can just reduce the gabapentin dose.

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