New approaches to the treatment of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia

David N. Irani, Richard T. Johnson

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Abstract

Herpes zoster can be an intractable problem in the elderly and the immunosuppressed. Palliative therapy and antiviral drugs are effective during acute herpes zoster outbreaks, and tricyclic antidepressants, opioids, and other agents can be used to reduce the severe pain of postherpetic neuralgia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)897-902
Number of pages6
JournalInfections in Medicine
Volume13
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 1996

Keywords

  • Acyclovir
  • Amitriptyline
  • Antiviral agents
  • Herpes zoster
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Varicella-zoster virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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