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Managing Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia
Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
  • Katherine E. Galluzzi, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
6-1-2009
Abstract
Treatment strategies for herpes zoster infection include limiting viral replication with anti-infective agents as well as limiting associated acute and chronic neuropathic pain with a variety of analgesics. The author outlines currently available pharmacotherapeutic options, from first-line (eg, anti-infective agents, tricyclic antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opioid analgesics, and topical agents) through adjuvant treatments (eg, oral corticosteroids). A summary of adverse event profiles is provided for each medication. Vaccination is recommended as a preventive measure. Pharmacotherapy for herpes zoster should accelerate healing and reduce the severity and duration of associated pain. Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is defined along a continuum of pain—whether acute or chronic—and is measured from the onset of infection until final resolution. Reducing the risk for complications is also important. Treatment strategies for zoster infection include limiting viral replication with antiviral agents and limiting acute and chronic pain with a variety of analgesics
PubMed ID
19553635
Comments

This article was published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Volume 109, Issue 6, Supplement 2, June 1, 2009, Pages S7-S12.

The published version is available at http://www.jaoa.org/content/109/6_suppl_2/S7.long

Copyright © 2013 the American Osteopathic Association

Citation Information
Katherine E. Galluzzi. "Managing Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia" Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Vol. 109 Iss. 6 suppl 2 (2009) p. S7 - S12
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/katherine_galluzzi/4/