A 49-year-old member asked:
any tips on pain relief for shingles/herpes zoster?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Erin Lawson answered
17 years experience Pain Management
Several options: For acute shingles (rash lesions present) you should take an anti-viral medication like Acyclovir or Valtrex to treat the illness. You can take nsaids like Motrin or aleve for pain. If you have pain that continues after the lesions resolve, topical Lidocaine and a neuropathic pain medication like lyrica, (pregabalin) neurontin, or Cymbalta may help.
Answered on May 16, 2019
Dr. TORY MCJUNKIN answered
18 years experience Pain Management
Zoster pain: 1. Anti-virals- decrease length of symptoms 2. Anti-inflammatories 3. Neuropathic pain meds: gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) tcas... 4. Traditional pain meds 5. Epidural steroid injections hang in there!
Answered on Jan 21, 2019
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