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What over-the-counter medications can treat shingles?

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Shingles causes inflammation and pain. Your doctor can suggest over-the-counter medicines to relieve milder discomfort. They include:

These may also help you stave off postherpetic neuralgia, which is a burning pain that some people get after the rash and blisters of shingles go away.

  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke: "Shingles. Seek Early Treatment."

Mayo Clinic Health Letter, June 2002.

Oxman M.   2005. New England Journal of Medicine,

Douglas M.  , 2004. Drug Safety

WebMD Health News: "Shingles Vaccine to Be Routine at 60."

FDA: "FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older Americans' Risk of Shingles."

Vaccines.Gov: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

CDC: “What Everyone Should Know About Shingles Vaccine.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke: "Shingles. Seek Early Treatment."

Mayo Clinic Health Letter, June 2002.

Oxman M.   2005. New England Journal of Medicine,

Douglas M.  , 2004. Drug Safety

WebMD Health News: "Shingles Vaccine to Be Routine at 60."

FDA: "FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older Americans' Risk of Shingles."

Vaccines.Gov: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

CDC: “What Everyone Should Know About Shingles Vaccine.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

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