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Shingles -has anyone had post-herpetic neuralgia pain treated?
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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Several treatments
Post-herpetic neuralgia (chronic pain after shingles) can be treated with Gabapentin (neurontin) or other related drugs.
You can also apply capsaicin (zostrix) cream to the area, which burns the nerve endings to deaden the pain. Other treatments include tricyclic antidepressants, Lidocaine patches, and, in severe cases, narcotic pain relievers.

In brief: Several treatments
Post-herpetic neuralgia (chronic pain after shingles) can be treated with Gabapentin (neurontin) or other related drugs.
You can also apply capsaicin (zostrix) cream to the area, which burns the nerve endings to deaden the pain. Other treatments include tricyclic antidepressants, Lidocaine patches, and, in severe cases, narcotic pain relievers.
Dr. Joel Gallant
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
In brief: Doxepin
Doxepin cream is by far the most effective treatment.
Standard issue is 5%. A specialty pharmacy can make a stronger one. Use as often as needed. Sometimes makes people sleepy which makes it very good for bedtime use. About 10% of users will become allergic to it with prolonged use.

In brief: Doxepin
Doxepin cream is by far the most effective treatment.
Standard issue is 5%. A specialty pharmacy can make a stronger one. Use as often as needed. Sometimes makes people sleepy which makes it very good for bedtime use. About 10% of users will become allergic to it with prolonged use.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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