Shingles Medicine

shingles medicine

The virus that causes chickenpox is the same virus that causes shingles. The virus is called varicella zoster. It can lie dormant in your body, specifically in your nerves, for decades after causing chickenpox. They can suddenly become active. The main symptom of shingles is a painful rash that appears on the side of your body or your face. If you notice a painful rash, you should always go and see your doctor. Your doctor may put you on shingles medicine to lessen the pain of the blisters and speed up the healing of the infection.

Some Shingles Medicine Often Prescribed Include: 

Antiviral Medications

Antivirals slow down the progress of a shingles rash but is unable to cure it. There currently is no cure for the varicella zoster virus. If you take antivirals in the first 72 hours of symptoms, you have the best chance to clear up the outbreak quickly.

Antivirals can lower your chance of having complications. Your doctor may prescribe the following:

  • Acyclovir (Zovirax)
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  • Famciclovir ()

Pain Medications

Shingles cause pain and inflammation. Your doctor may suggest over-the-counter medication to relieve the mild-to-moderate discomfort often associated with a shingles outbreak. The medications include:

  • Naproxen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Acvetaminophen

These medications also might help prevent you from receiving postherpetic neuralgia, which is a burning pain that some individuals experience after getting the rash. These symptoms often present themselves after the infection has healed, due to damage of some of the nerves around the injected area.

Lidocaine can also be used to numb the area, as any clothing or surface that may rub up against or hit the area can be extremely painful. Keep blisters dry. If the blisters become infected, you might need antibiotics to treat the infection. Always keep a close eye on your shingles rash and NEVER pop the blisters.

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Posted on May 5, 2023