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Can tricyclic antidepressants help treat postherpetic neuralgia?

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Tricyclic antidepressants have been shown to help ease the pain of postherpetic neuralgia, a complication of shingles.

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., , April 5, 2003. Jung, B., , May 2004 Lyrica: "PNH: How Lyrica Works." Mounsey A., , Sept. 15, 2005. NINDS:“Shingles: Hope through Research.” Oxman, M. , June 2, 2005. Douglas M., , 2004. Food and Drug Administration:“FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older Americans’ Risk of Shingles.” News release, FDA.



















BMJNeurologyAmerican Family PhysicianNew England Journal of MedicineDrug Safety

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2018

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., , April 5, 2003. Jung, B., , May 2004 Lyrica: "PNH: How Lyrica Works." Mounsey A., , Sept. 15, 2005. NINDS:“Shingles: Hope through Research.” Oxman, M. , June 2, 2005. Douglas M., , 2004. Food and Drug Administration:“FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older Americans’ Risk of Shingles.” News release, FDA.



















BMJNeurologyAmerican Family PhysicianNew England Journal of MedicineDrug Safety

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 25, 2018

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