What Is The Best Way To Treat Pain Associated With Shingles?

Dr. Anne Oaklander answers the question: 'Best Way To Treat Shingles Pain?'

ByABC News
November 14, 2008, 1:46 PM

— -- Question: What Is The Best Way To Treat Pain Associated With Shingles?

Answer: Shingles is generally a painful condition. It's a rash that eats through the skin.

For some patients, they'll be able to manage without pain medications, particularly if they have only a mild rash. But many patients will need medications for pain management. Some people may find over the counter anti-inflammatory and pain relief is adequate, such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen. But substantial numbers of people will need prescribed pain medications by their physician. This should be discussed with your physician because everyone's situation is difficult.

Some patients, in fact, with severe pain may require admission to the hospital and treatment with intravenous or intraspinous pain medications.

Most people will be able to manage in their homes with prescriptions for medication that may include percocet or vicodin or other similar pain relievers as well as medications aimed at the nerves. These include gabapentin, as well as tricyclic medications such as nortriptyline, desipramine, or amitriptyline.

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