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is there a way to help with pain caused by shingles?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
YES: There is a topical medication called zostrix which contains capsaicin which may help relieve the acute pain, as well as low dose steroids which may also help to reduce post-herpetic neuralgia. Tricyclic antidepressants, low dose anti-convulsants and drugs like Pregabalin may help alleviate post-herpetic pain. Also consider being vaccinated with the new vaccine.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Cymbalta and Lyrica also work well.
Aug 5, 2012
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
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Pregabalin is Lyrica
Aug 5, 2012
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Didn't notice. In my mind it is Lyrica until off pattent.
Aug 6, 2012
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Shingle pain: Although there is not a “cure” for shingles- Valacyclovir (Valtrex), Acyclovir (Zovirax) & Famciclovir (Famvir) can help symptoms. Narcotics (i.e., codeine), tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline), anticonvulsants (Neurontin) as well as localized numbing medications can be used for pain. Cool bath or compresses over the rash may V pain/ itching.

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