Shingles – Conventional Medicine Treatments

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There are two groups of conventional medicines that are used to treat shingles: the first for treating shingles when the rash is present (active stage), and the second to treat neuralgia pain that can occur after shingles.

The first group can include over the counter pain medicines like acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen, antiviral medicines to reduce pain and the duration of shingles, and antibiotics applied to the skin to stop infection.

The second group of medicines can include over the counter pain medicines as above, tricyclic antidepressants, topical medicines such as lidocaine patch, anticonvulsants such as pregabalin, corticosteroids, nerve block injections or opioids such as codeine or morphine.

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