Shingles - Reduce Aggravating Drugs/Medicines Risk factors.
You must not reduce medications unless you have first agreed this with your doctor!
Medicines that are used to reduce the effects of some inflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) can increase the risk of Shingles. These medications are used to treat arthritis and psoriasis amongst other things. Any medication that is used for autoimmune disease can potentially inhibit aspects of the immune system and increase the risk of Shingles.
A study published in Clinical Infectious diseases in Nov 2013 showed that statins may lower immunity and increase the risk of Shingles and reactivation of the Varicella Zoster virus.
A study carried out in 2004 in Japan showed that there is a gene that is associated with developing post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) after Shingles. There is therefore an increased risk of Post Herpetic Neuralgia if other members of a family have suffered from it.
The Shingles - Reduce Aggravating Drugs/Medicines page is regularly updated as new evidence is published in the medical journals.