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Can anticonvulsants treat postherpetic neuralgia?

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Your doctor may suggest anticonvulsants to treat postherpetic neuralgia, a complication of shingles. Anticonvulsants were developed to control seizures, but they can also help reduce the pain of postherpetic neuralgia.

SOURCES:

NIH. National Institute on Aging, “Shingles: How Long Does Shingles Last?”

UCLA Health, “About Postherpetic Neuralgia.”

Mayo Clinic, “Postherpetic Neuralgia: Symptoms.”

National Health Services UK: “Post-herpetic neuralgia – Treatment.”

American Academy of Family Physicians:“Shingles.”

Center for Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia: "Surgical options for treating postherpetic neuralgia," "Treating shingles with tricyclic antidepressants to lessen the risk of PHN."

Johnson R., BMJ, April 5, 2003.

Jung, B., Neurology, May 2004

Lyrica: "PNH: How Lyrica Works."

Mounsey A., American Family Physician, Sept. 15, 2005.

NINDS:“Shingles: Hope through Research.”

Oxman, M. New England Journal of Medicine, June 2, 2005.

Douglas M., Drug Safety, 2004.

Food and Drug Administration:“FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older Americans’ Risk of Shingles.”

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 11, 2020

SOURCES:

NIH. National Institute on Aging, “Shingles: How Long Does Shingles Last?”

UCLA Health, “About Postherpetic Neuralgia.”

Mayo Clinic, “Postherpetic Neuralgia: Symptoms.”

National Health Services UK: “Post-herpetic neuralgia – Treatment.”

American Academy of Family Physicians:“Shingles.”

Center for Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia: "Surgical options for treating postherpetic neuralgia," "Treating shingles with tricyclic antidepressants to lessen the risk of PHN."

Johnson R., BMJ, April 5, 2003.

Jung, B., Neurology, May 2004

Lyrica: "PNH: How Lyrica Works."

Mounsey A., American Family Physician, Sept. 15, 2005.

NINDS:“Shingles: Hope through Research.”

Oxman, M. New England Journal of Medicine, June 2, 2005.

Douglas M., Drug Safety, 2004.

Food and Drug Administration:“FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older Americans’ Risk of Shingles.”

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 11, 2020

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