Pain after Shingles Treatment
Treatment for post herpetic neuralgia includes antidepressants, antiviral medications, oral corticosteroids, anticonvulsant medications, narcotic pain medications, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for post herpetic neuralgia may include capsaicin cream, lidocaine patches, or epidural medication injections.
Specific treatment for post herpetic neuralgia includes:
- Oral corticosteroid medications:
- Antiviral medications for post herpetic neuralgia:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Antidepressant medications for post herpetic neuralgia:
- Anticonvulsants for pain:
- Capsaicin cream (Zostrix)
- Topical lidocaine patches for post herpetic neuralgia
- Epidural injections for post herpetic neuralgia
Pain after Shingles Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of post herpetic neuralgia.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce the symptoms of post herpetic neuralgia?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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