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Shingles - When To Call a Doctor

If you think you have shingles, see a doctor as soon as possible. Early treatment with antiviral medicines may help reduce pain and prevent complications of shingles, such as disseminated zoster or postherpetic neuralgia.

If you still feel intense pain for more than 1 month after the skin heals, see your doctor to find out whether you have postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Getting your pain under control right away may prevent nerve damage that may cause pain that lasts for months or years.

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Understanding Postherpetic Neuralgia -- Treatment

There are a number of ways to treat postherpetic neuralgia. Medications for Postherpetic Neuralgia Some of the medications used to treat the symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia are: Anticonvulsants. These drugs were developed to control seizures. But they can also help reduce the pain of postherpetic neuralgia. Examples are: Neurontin (gabapentin) Tegretol (carbamazepine) Lyrica (pregabalin) Also, Horizant (gabapentin enacarbil) and Gralise (gabapentin) are drugs that reduce the...

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Who to see

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

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Last Updated: October 03, 2013
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