Shingles Topic Guide

Shingles Treatment and Complications Shingles Treatment and Complications: Shingles can cause pain and rash, but symptoms can usually be controlled by pain medications and antiviral drugs. Learn about potential complications, treatment and prevention.

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Shingles Treatment and Complications Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

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zoster vaccine (inactivated) Zoster Vaccine (inactivated)

Herpes zoster is caused by the same virus (varicella) that causes chickenpox in children. When this virus becomes active again, it can cause herpes zoster, ...learn more »

zoster vaccine live Zoster Vaccine Live

Herpes zoster is caused by the same virus (varicella) that causes chickenpox in children. When this virus becomes active again in an adult, it can cause her...learn more »

pregabalin Pregabalin

Pregabalin is an anti-epileptic drug, also called an anticonvulsant. It works by slowing down impulses in the brain that cause seizures. Pregabalin also aff...learn more »

hydrocortisone and lidocaine topical Hydrocortisone And Lidocaine Topical

Hydrocortisone is a steroid that reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation...learn more »

valacyclovir Valacyclovir

Valacyclovir is an antiviral medicine that is used to treat or prevent herpes virus episodes, including genital herpes or shingles (herpes zoster) in adults....learn more »

calamine (topical) Calamine (topical)

Calamine is an anti-itch medicine that works by causing a cooling sensation as it evaporates on your skin. Calamine also dries oozing or weeping from minor s...learn more »

gabapentin Gabapentin

Gabapentin is used together with other medicines to treat partial seizures in adults and children at least 3 years old.

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amitriptyline Amitriptyline

Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant that is used to treat symptoms of depression...learn more »

carbamazepine (oral) Carbamazepine (oral)

Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant that is used to treat seizures and nerve pain such as trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. Carbamazepine is also ...learn more »

acyclovir (injection) Acyclovir (injection)

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus in the body. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the sympto...learn more »