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OTC drugs ‘can support long-term shingles sufferers’

20th February 2008

Over-the-counter drugs can help shingles suffers for long-term periods, an expert has said.

Professor Field told the Daily Mail that he administers patients on the anti-viral drug aciclovir as a preventive measure, even if the diagnosis of shingles is not conclusive.

He treats patients with the drug to help avoid the potential complications of shingles, which can provide dreadful long-term pain for the more than 100,000 Britons who suffer from the disease each year, the article noted.

Aciclovir has reportedly been shown to be successful at fighting the pain associated with the condition if it is administered to patients within the first 24 to 48 hours of the condition.

“This can reduce the severity of the attack and limit the risk of long-term pain,” the article stated.

Other strong painkillers such as Tramadol and capsaicin are drugs available over-the-counter at pharmacies that are believed to treat shingles by gradually reducing pain signals transmitted by nerve endings to the brain, the news provider noted.

Anti-viral medicines such as acyclovir do not kill the herpes varicella-zoster virus associated with shingles but prevent it from multiplying and help to minimise nerve damage and reduce the risk of prolonged pain and complications, according to the National Health Service.

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