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Medicine For Shingles
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more
Shingles pain: There are two medications commonly used for pain after shingles (post-herpetic neuralgia) - Lyrica (pregabalin) and neurontin. Please consult your doctor as to whether you are a good candidate for these medications. If not or if the medications do not help, your doctor can refer you to a pain management doctor for additional treatments. ...Read more
Is it ok to continue penicillin antibiotics to finish course when starting antiviral medicine for shingles?
Yes: The antiviral medication used for treatment of shingles is the same as the one used for hsv1 & 2. This medication may lower the risk of contracting hsv while it is being taken. Risk reduction does not mean you cannot get it and do not count on it; its still possible to contract it. ...Read more
Hi, my uncle have shingles and it started about 4 weeks ago, but He is still in pain. Is there any medicine he can use to ease the pain?
Shingles pain: Providing that no other significant health issues are present (such as liver or kidney disease), Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can be used for pain. If these over the counter pain medications are not sufficient, prescription pain medications are available through a primary care provider. ...Read more
I'm 23 and have shingles. Why would I get shinglesoso young? What medicine can I take to get rid of it? I've had this for a month already.
I have had shingles for six days and just started taking medicine. Wil it still work (the pain started yesterday) (the rash appeared six)?
Should still work: The drugs for shingles (valacyclovir, acyclovir, or famciclovir) are most effective when started early, but at 6 days should help a lot, especially if new blisters were still showing up at that time. Also ask your doctor about steroids (e.g. prednisone) if not already prescribed. A little controversial, but harmless and may help prevent later post herpetic neuralgia (nerve pain). Good luck! ...Read more
I have a recuring shingles at the same spot. Pain goes and comes with OTC drugs. On now for 3 weeks. Will it ever go away completely. Am 60 yrs.
We may need a second question or response here. Do you not have prescription medication to calm the shingles down and to let healing occur? Have you not gotten the shingles vaccine yet?
If the answer is no to either or both of those questions that is what is paramount about your next moves. ...Read more
Pox Virus None exist: Shingles: recurrence of pox virus, hiding out, decades, within spinal nerve cells, then reproducing; the reason for the classic nerve dermatome distribution. Virus not living cell, just snipits of dna/rna with protein shell, thus no antibiotics exist; cannot kill something not alive to begin with. Most effective: adequate immunity to stop breakout. Vaccine helps prevent; early antiviral may help. ...Read more
What to do if I have post-herpatic neuralgia from shingles). will an employment urine drug screen be able to distinguish between the two?
Don't understand?: There is nothing about having post-herpetic neuralgia that will cause a positive drug screen. If you are on medication for this, such as Neurontin or Lyrica, (pregabalin) they do not generally show up on common drug screens. If you are being prescribed opioid pain medication, they may certainly show up, but you need to show them your valid prescriptions. If you are a bus driver, still might not be ok to take ...Read more
I am 20y.O male with shingles. My doctor has prescribed valaciclovir rbx tablets. How effective is this versus other medicines like aciclovir?
Is it possible for new shingles lesions to erupt after finishing a 7 day course of an antiviral drug? I have RA and diabetes and I am on methotrexate.
Depends: A life threatening reaction (difficulty breathing, throat swelling, etc.) with neomycin is listed as a contraindication for use. Those having minor events like a mild rash would be fine. Confer with your doctor and provide this information along with a list of any medications/ supplements you take before deciding. ...Read more
My wife has shingles she finished her medicine I have had chicken pox as as a kid. Can we get romantic can I catch shingles by heavy kissing or sex
Shingles: Shingles comes only in people who once had chicken pox. You can catch chicken pox, usually as a child, if you are exposed to another child whol is sick and never had before, but you can't catch shingles, because it comes only in people who were cured of chicken pox, and often many years later. There is a vaccine for chicken pox, for children, and a vaccine for older people to prevent shingles. ...Read more
My 14 year old son has developed a shingles rash today. He has been to the doctor, but no antiviral drugs have been prescribed. Should we go back?
Yes: There is a medicine that helps treat shingles (more than one, actually), but it is only effective if started within the first few days of the rash. ...Read more
Can doctors flush out the inactive chicken pox virus so we don't get shingles later on? Are there any promising drugs or methods being researched?
It is not possible, at this time, to flush out the virus. There is a vaccine against shingles, but it is not recommended for otherwise healthy people before the age of 60 years. You may use this link to get more information on this topic: https://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/index. Html
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Hello, I am suffering from shingles from a week now and few affected areas have started to cure while few has blisters on it. I did undergo 7 days Valtrex and Tylenol medication and now the doctor has advised me to start with postherpetic medicines. When
Shingles treatment: Although 7 days is often sufficient for valacyclovir (Valtrex) treatment of shingles, if new blisters are continuing to appear, treatment should be extended. Check with your doctor. Presumably the "postherptic" medicine is prednisone or other corticosteroid (?). That's the only kind of treatment normally used to minimize the nerve pain that can follow shingles (post-herpetic neuralgia). ...Read more
If a retiree did not have chicken pox in childhood, is there any reason to get the shingles vaccine? Saw drug company ad about it.
Anti-viral drug from the doctor. Sores have dried up on my face. Have a sore on my back that itches very painful. Shingles again? Need more anti-viral?
You must be: You must be physically seen by a dermatologist to find out what is going on. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with shingles 3 weeks ago when I visited the doc only after 3 days of burning itchy painful skin but no rash. I was given 7 days of anti virus drugs and the rash did not appear. Doc said I had caught the virus eary enough to halt it howeve
Unclear question: Please submit your question again. It stops at however... ...Read more
I take zovirax (acyclovir) for herpes simplex (genital). I take 40 mg everyday to suppress the herpes simplex eruptions. Will this drug suppress shingles too?
There is no evidence:
No there is no evidens that it will suppress shingles, The only way to prevent shingles is by taking Zostavax the Shingle Vaccine. All adults over the age of 60 are recommemded to have shingle vaccine one dose to prevent shingles
Even though Zovirax (acyclovir) is used to treaas it will shorten the course if used within 48 hours of start of the rash. And the dose used is 800 MGM every 4 hours for 5 days ...Read more
Why do I get ailments generally found in older people. 26yr high bp, 31yr shingles, 32yr enlarged prostate, melena in stool w/ 4 months abdominal pain. (32yr male, no drugs/smoke, rarely drink, 5'7" 143-150lbs)?
Get a good workup: Hypertension is mostly genetic and I trust you got a workup for secondary causes since you're young; renal artery stenosis just one of several possibilities. Anybody can get shingles. At your age, your big prostate may just have been due to going a few days without an ejaculation. You can't have frank tarry melena for 4 months but anything from hemorrhoids to an ulcer can produce blood in stools. ...Read more
What medicines and creams should I take for herpes zoster? Are there some solutions or creams to ease the pain? What else can I do to ease the pain?
Herpes zoster: Creams are totally useless despite the claims they make in advertizements. Valacyclovir is my go-to medicine for Herpes zoster. The dose is 1gram three times a day for the duration of the outbreak. If the outbreaks are occurring with increasing frequency. Prophylactic use of one gram a day can be instituted by your physician. ...Read more
After applying ointment and having medicine for herpes zoster my infected area is itching more and it stings mostly. Should I worry?
Details are everythi: Do you really have zoster? Or something else? This diagnosis is frequently wrong. You fail to describe enough for any speculation about diagnosis. You did not bother to name the "ointment" or the "medicine" or how long in use. Go see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Aside from acyclovir, what are other recomended cheap anti viral oral mdicine to cure herpes zoster?
Go see your doctor: What's available depends upon where you live. Given that you're in philippines, you'll need to ask your doc since I'm only familiar w/those drugs available here in the states: acyclovir, Famciclovir & valacyclovir. Check out http://www. Aafp. Org/afp/2000/0415/p2437.Html for more info. You want to start one of these within 72hrs of noticing rash. Post-herpetic neuralgia is complication of shingles. ...Read more