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Gabaneuron Tablet

Gabaneuron Tablet

Manufacturer: Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Medicine composition: Gabapentin, Methylcobalamin
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Gabaneuron Tablet is a prescriptive drug primarily used to prevent seizures. It belongs to a class of drugs called anticonvulsants. Aside from seizures, Gabaneuron Tablet is also used to cure hot flashes, restless legs syndrome (RLS) and postherpetic neuralgia. It treats nerve pain in adults by affecting the chemicals and nerve responsible for these pains and seizures. Gabaneuron Tablet is found in capsule, tablet or solution form and can be used in combination with other drugs. Another brand of this medicine is Neurontin which can be given to both adults and children (at least three years of age). Although the same kind, do not substitute one for the other, only use the brand that has been specified by your doctor.

While under Gabaneuron Tablet medication it is advised that you avoid activities that may include lifting heavy objects or driving as common side effects of this drug are feelings of drowsiness, slowing down of cognitive skills and dizziness. Others include problems with coordination, speech problems, nausea, tremors, double vision or sudden jumpy movements. If these effects persist and become more severe with the passage of time notify your physician immediately. Serious side-effects may include anger, restlessness, insomnia, skin rashes. An allergic reaction to Gabaneuron Tablet called anticonvulsant hypersensitivity syndrome can be fatal.

Before taking this medicine inform your doctor of the following conditions mentioned below:

  • If you have kidney or liver disease.
  • If you are already prone to epileptic or other kinds of seizure attacks.
  • If you have diabetes.
  • If you have depression, mood disorders, or harbor thoughts of suicide.
  • If you are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

The daily dosage for Gabaneuron Tablet in adults is about 300mg to 600mg about three times a day. Measure your dose with a cup or a spoon or a syringe. The gaps between the three doses should not exceed 12 hours. This drug can be taken with or without food. In case of a missed dose take it as soon as possible. Do not drug overdose. If already time for your next dose skip it. Contact your doctor instantly in the case of drug overdose.

Gabaneuron Tablet is used in the treatment of epilepsy which is a brain disorder characterized by uncontrolled jerking movements and loss of consciousness.
Postherpetic Neuralgia
Gabaneuron Tablet is used in the treatment complication of shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus characterized by pain or burning sensation of the skin.
Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Gabaneuron Tablet.
In addition to its intended effect, Gabaneuron Tablet may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Dizziness Major Common
Uncontrolled eye movements Major Common
Agitation and anxiety Major Common
Especially in children
Restlessness Major Common
Especially in children
Hyperactivity Major Common
Especially in children
Unusual tiredness and weakness Major Less Common
Irritability Major Less Common
Blurred vision Minor Common
Lower Back Pain Minor Common
Tremors Minor Common
Increased appetite Minor Less Common
Change in vision Minor Less Common
Dry Mouth Minor Less Common
Weight gain Minor Less Common
How long is the duration of effect?
The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 15 to 21 hours.
What is the onset of action?
The effect of this medicine can be observed in 2 to 3 hours.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless necessary. The benefits and risks should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
Is it habit forming?
No habit forming tendency has been reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This medicine is known to excreted through the breast milk. It is not recommended in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Monitoring of drowsiness and body weight is necessary.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Gabaneuron Tablet, and hence can be used as its substitute.
Khandelwal Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Dowell Pharmaceutical
Mission Research Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Zorex Pharma Pvt Ltd.
Reliance Formulation Pvt Ltd
Mars Therapeutics & Chemicals Ltd
Tas Med India Pvt Ltd
Mac Millon Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Medicowin Remedies (P) Ltd
Unimarck Healthcare Ltd
Arinna Lifescience Pvt Ltd
Foregen Healthcare Ltd
Maxamus International
Dr. Johns Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Proteus Health Care Pvt Ltd
Lupin Ltd
Medinova Labs
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Strides shasun Ltd
Scott Edil Pharmacia Ltd
Meridian Medicare Ltd
Symbiotic Drugs
Oxford Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Neuro Pharma GmbH
Lupin Ltd
Sundyota Numandis Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Shine Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Medichem Pharmceuticals Ltd
Triton Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Dr. Johns Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Gold Line
Gerrysun Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Fitwel Pharmaceuticals Private Limited
Synokem Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Missed Dose instructions
If you miss a dose of Gabaneuron Tablet, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If itâ??s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose instructions
Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
United States
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Impaired kidney function Major
This medicine should be used with caution in patients with kidney impairment. Monitoring of kidney function is necessary. Dose adjustments are to be made based on CrCl.
Interaction with Alcohol
Alcohol Moderate
Consumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it increases the risk of side effects like dizziness, difficulty in concentration. Do not perform activities that require mental alertness like driving or operating machinery.
Interaction with Lab Test
Information not available.
Interaction with Food
Information not available.
Interaction with Medicine
Duloxetine Moderate
These medications may cause dizziness, confusion and breathing difficulty if taken together. Inform the doctor if you are receiving antidepressant or antipsychotics. Dose adjustments are to be made if any symptoms appear based on the clinical condition.
Buprenorphine Major
These medications are not recommended together due to the risk of breathlessness and other central nervous system effects. Inform the doctor if you are receiving any antidepressants or antipsychotics. Dose adjustments are to be made if any symptoms appear based on the clinical condition.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am taking amlodac 5 for control of Hypertension along with Seloken XL 25. Now I have been advised to take Vinlep 150 bd with gabaneuron 100 OD for control of post Herpes Neuralgia. Is it safe.

MBBS, Dip.Cardiology, Fellowship in Clinical Cardiology(FICC), Fellowship in Echocardiology
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
Normal range of blood pressure is between 90/60 to 140/90, anything above or below is is abnormal. Many factors can affect blood pressure, including: 1) The amount of water and salt you have in your body 2) The condition of your kidneys, nervous system, or blood vessels 3) Your hormone levels 4) your lifestyle - smoking, drinking, exercise  Stress, less sleep, smoking, alcohol, overweight, heart, kidney problems, lack of physical exercise. All of these can cause High blood pressure. You are more likely to be told your blood pressure is too high as you get older. This is because your blood vessels become stiffer as you age. When that happens, your blood pressure goes up.  Highblood pressure increases your chance of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, or early death. So my advice to you would be 1) Keep a BP record daily for at least one week & Every time you need to measure BP twice with a gap of 15 mins rest. 2) Basic tests should be one to rule out cardiac / kidney issues & find if there is any treatable cause of High blood pressure 3) unless any recent evaluation has been done I would advice these test ECG ECHO Lipid Profile TSH KFT  Renal doppler  Get back to me with a detailed history and  old / new records For Now Keep taking the same medicines which you are taking .plus Start lifestyle changes & diet changes Emphasizes vegetables, fruits, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. Includes whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, nuts, and vegetable oils. Limits sodium, sweets, sugary beverages, and red meats. Along with this, other lifestyle changes can help lower your blood pressure. They include staying at a healthy weight, exercising, and not smoking.
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I am a house wife of 63 years old. On 27/10/2017 or last Friday I have gone to nedumbasseri airport from Kottayam which is my hometown, around 6 hrs journey to and fro by car. The road was full of curving and the condition of the road was very bad. When I came back home I felt so tired and my left leg from hip to feet started paining. Our Sr. Dr. Doctor has prescribed Medicam DT and Striving 20. However, even after having these medicines for 4 days, I have no much improvement in pain. Only hip pain is gone. But from thigh to feet is still as it is. Today the same doctor told me to start GABANEURON NT twice daily for 3 days. I am a diabetic and under control. One thing I forgot to tell you that before one week of this pain I had to stand in the kitchen to cook for my children they came here for a week of leave. We gussed may be this and the airport traveling are the reason to build up this pain. Now, please tell me doctor GABANEURON NT is the right medicine or not? No side effect. With some medicines, I have allergy.

Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
That is called as Lumbar Vertebrae. And there are 5 Lumbar Vertebrae and the 5th Lumbar Vertebrae is anatomically is located in the lower end where the body weight is taken and it is generally fused with If your pain is there for many years then it is chronic pain. Ice can be kept in the low back where you have This is a general low back ache and for this you can follow these measures: one keep a pillow right under the knee while sleeping, next is you can keep ice in the painful area for about 5--10 minutes, if pain still persists you can stretch your body by twisting the waist on both sides how we used to do in the school drill similarly you can try which will help you relax as well will reduce the pain. Ice can be kept in the low back where you have back pain. It is suggestible to wear Lumbo sacral belt which would help you to build the abdominal muscle tone which itself would make you feel better. You can also wear MCR Chappals which would help you to have less weight falling in the painful back. Anemia always leads to the symptoms of being tired and also having back / leg pain though there may not be any pathological reasons for back pain. Back pain. It is suggestible to wear Lumbo sacral belt which would help you to build the abdominal muscle tone which itself would make you feel better. You can also wear MCR chappels which would help you to have less weight falling in the painful back. Sacral Vertebrae. That is where the Sciatic nerve passes by and the nerve gets compressed that's the reason you have pain and sensation is disturbed. Pain in the left side of the leg/thigh The compression of the sciatic nerve should be around the right side that's the reason you have pain in the left side. That's the reason you cannot sit or stand and it is exactly around the L5 vertebrae where the sciatic nerve passes by. It can also be due to the strain on the left leg, try wearing MCR chappals which would help you to get relieved from pai Physiotherapy Treatment If you have low back pain and sciatica you can undergo intermittent pelvic traction where in your half of your body weight will be added in the electronic traction so that that would help you to reduce the pain, along with Interferential therapy stimulations which would help you to get relieved from the radiating pain. Apply ice for the pain to get subsided immediately.

I want to know that how the report is of my mother from MRI findings of L.S Spine using T1 trin corr, T1,T2 weighted axial. Findings-1) Decrease in body ht of L5, L4,L3, L2 and D12 vertebra and mild anterior wedging with out any significant f/o marrow edema s/o compression# 2) Mild retropulsion of body of D12 vertebra causes minimal anterior thecal sac compression. 3) Moderate to severe disc dessication are seen all lumbar IV disc and small interior marginal osteophytes are seen around L4/L5, L3/L4, L2/L1 iv disc. 4) annular bulging of L5/S1 and L4/L5 disc with mild central disc protrusion causes minimal compression of anterior thecal sac compression. 5) annular bulging of L3/L4 disc causes severe narrowing of b/l neural foreman and mild compression of anterior thecal sac compression. 6) Mild bulging of L2/L3 disc causes minimal effacement of anterior epidural space and mild narrowing of b/i neural foreman. Now the following tablets and injections is given by doctor. Medicines are ultracet, problem strong, Gabaneuron NT and Arachitol 6L vitamin D3 injection. Can any one suggest weather these symptoms will be corrected with medicine and injection. She is unable to wake up from bed and can't sleep properly. She feels severe pain in lower back.

Orthopedist, Kurnool
I want to know that how the report is of my mother from MRI findings of L.S Spine using T1 trin corr, T1,T2 weighted ...
MRI report is showing multiple osteoporotic vertebral fractures She should get investigated for bone mineral density testing and may benefit from bone formative agents like teriparatide If pain is more than months then we have to analyse the symptomatic fracture among all the vertbral fractures and proceed with The bone augmentation procedures.

Since a month I have pain on my right leg and unable to bend it. The Xray shows I have Sciatica. I have IVDP and degeneration on L4 and L5. The sciatica pain starts from the back to the under the right knee. The medicines which I am using (Feldex, Gabaneuron and Orcid)

MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Dehradun
Since a month I have pain on my right leg and unable to bend it. The Xray shows I have Sciatica. I have IVDP and dege...
Hi Take rest. Do hot Fomentation twice daily. Start gentle back care exercises. Avoid forward bending. Avoid lifting weights. Avoid prolonged standing and sitting. Postural care while sitting, standing,watching TV, working on desktop etc. Use Lumbo sacral belt while driving, walking or standing to support your back. Visit nearby physiotherapy center to get relieved from pain and to learn proper back care exercises. Take care.
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How To Deal With Spinal Stenosis?

MBBS, PG-Diploma In Clinical Pathology
Orthopedist, Sri Ganganagar
How To Deal With Spinal Stenosis?

What is spinal stenosis: The narrowing of the gaps in the spine or the backbone is called as spinal stenosis. This leads to pressure on the nerves and the spinal cord. 5% of cases of spinal stenosis are seen in the low back of the lumbar spine. In some cases the narrowing of the spine leads to the compressing of the nerve root, which leads to pain in the leg.

Causes of spinal stenosis: It can be caused by aging, arthritis, trauma to the spine, spondylolisthesis and tumor of the spine

Symptoms of spinal stenosis: There is constant pain in the back and legs as stenosis pinches the nerve responsible for sensation and muscle power. Other symptoms are numbness and tingling in the legs, frequent falling and pain while walking.

Treatment of spinal stenosis:

  1. A routine program with exercises and physical therapy are the best treatment for spinal stenosis. The exercises are not a complete cure but they are beneficial in keeping the patient active. A physical therapy can be supervised and once the period of the same is over people easily transition to the exercise program. The key for exercise is starting slowly in order to build strength.
  2. Generally, the patients are counseled not to perform strenuous activities as that might worsen the symptoms of spinal stenosis. In case of lumbar stenosis, patients find it comfortable when they are flexed forward. The doctor might recommend walking while being bent over and leaning when using a walker if not walking upright; sitting in recliners is also recommended instead of straight back chairs.
  3. Injections of cortisone are usually given in the epidural space. This is believed to relieve the symptoms of spinal stenosis temporarily. Though there have been studies which question the use of these injections as they lead to the risk of osteoporosis related fractures. This is still being pondered over by the doctors as a suitable treatment option as it has its own benefits and risks.
  4. Medications such as the anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen or aspirin are helpful in controlling the symptoms of spinal stenosis. Narcotic drugs might also prove to be helpful if used with care and for a short while. This is helpful for severe pain related to the nerves. Muscle relaxants like gabapentins might also be recommended. In some case antidepressants might also be given to provide relief from pain. 

Though side effects are a concern when using these medications and the patient should let the doctor knows about their allergies.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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7 Non-Surgical Methods To Treat Spondylitis!

Pain Management Specialist, Kolkata
7 Non-Surgical Methods To Treat Spondylitis!

Spondylitis includes swelling of the vertebra. It happens because of wear and tear of the ligament and bones found in your cervical spine, which is in your neck. While it is to a great extent because of age, it can be brought on by other reasons too. Side effects incorporate pain and stiffness starting from the neck to the lower back. The spine's bones (vertebrae) get fused, bringing about an unbending spine. These changes might be mellow or extreme, and may prompt a stooped-over posture. Some of the non-surgical methods to treat spondylitis are as follows- 

  1. Exercise based recovery/physiotherapy: Your specialist may send you to a physiotherapist for treatment. Non-intrusive treatment helps you extend your neck and shoulder muscles. This makes them more grounded and at last, relieves pain. You may neck traction, which includes using weights to build the space between the cervical joints and decreasing pressure on the cervical disc and nerve roots. 
  2. Medications: Your specialist may prescribe you certain medicines if over-the-counter medications do not work. These include: 
    • Muscle relaxants, for example, cyclobenzaprine, to treat muscle fits 
    • Opiates, for example, hydrocodone, for pain relief 
    • Epileptic medications, for example, gabapentin, to ease pain created by nerve damage 
    • Steroid infusions, for example, prednisone, to decrease tissue irritation and diminish pain 
  3. Home treatment: In case your condition is less severe, you can attempt a couple of things at home to treat it: 
    • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, for example, acetaminophen or a calming medication, for example, Advil or Aleve. 
    • Use a warming cushion or an ice pack on your neck to give pain alleviation to sore muscles. 
    • Exercise routinely to help you recover quickly. 
    • Wear a delicate neck prop or neckline to get transitory help. In any case, you shouldn't wear a neck brace for temporary pain relief. 
  4. Interventional Pain Management: It is a highly effective treatment for back and neck pain
  5. Bed Rest: Severe instances of spondylitis may require bed rest for close to 1-3 days. Long-term bed rest must be avoided as it puts the patient at danger for profound vein thrombosis (DVT, blood clots in the legs). 
  6. Support/brace use: Temporary bracing (1 week) may help get rid of the symptoms, however, long-term use is not encouraged. Supports worn for a long time weaken the spinal muscles and can increase pain if not continually worn. Exercise based recovery is more beneficial as it reinforces the muscles. 
  7. Lifestyle: Losing weight and eating nutritious food with consistent workouts can help. Quitting smoking is essential healthy habits to help the spine function properly at any age.
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Seizures - 3 Ways It Can Be Treated!

MCh - Neurosurgery, MS-General Surgery, MBBS
Neurosurgeon, Delhi
Seizures - 3 Ways It Can Be Treated!

The primary aim of the treatment in patients suffering from seizure is leasing a seizure-free life without giving way to any adverse effects. This goal can be accomplished in over 60 percent people with the help of anticonvulsants. Some patients also experience adverse effects since they suffer from a seizure which is refractory to medical therapy. Here are some of the common treatment options for seizures:

  1. Monotherapy: Sometimes, monotherapy is given as it reduces the chance of all sorts of adverse effects and even avoids drug interactions. Moreover, this type of treatment approach is much less expensive than polytherapy since many older generation of the anticonvulsant agent comprises of hepatic enzyme which is responsible for reducing the serum level of the concomitant drug which leads to an increase in the dosage level of such medicines.
  2. Social And vocational rehabilitation: People suffering from problems in psychosocial adjustments after the diagnosis may also need social and vocational rehabilitation. Many physicians do not pay enough attention to the consequences that an epilepsy diagnosis may leave on the patient. For instance, people with epilepsy may have a fear of experiencing next attack of seizure and they may be unable to work at heights or drive.
  3. Consulting an expert: It is important to refer patients with intractable spells to epileptologist or neurologist for subsequent workup. A neurosurgical consultation may also be needed when the patient has to be treated surgically.

Importance of anticonvulsant therapy
Patients who have had already suffered from recurrent attacks of unprovoked seizure may need treatment with an anticonvulsant. This treatment is not recommended until the person has risk factors for suffering from the problem yet again. The primary means of treating seizure is anticonvulsant therapy where the most suitable drug is chosen based on accurate diagnosis of the syndrome as a response to specific anticonvulsants may vary from one patient to another. The difference in response may reflect the various pathophysiologic mechanisms in different types of seizures.

Types of anticonvulsant therapy
Some of the anticonvulsant therapy medication may have multiple action mechanism while some have an only single mechanism of action. Some of the most common variants of the therapy include:

  1. Neuronal potassium channel referred to as KCNQ opener
  2. Blockers of unique binding sites such as perampanel, gabapentin, and levetiracetam
  3. H-current modulators such as lamotrigine and gabapentin
  4. Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors such as zonisamide and topiramate
  5. Alpha-amino 3-hydroxy 5-methyl 4-isoxazole propionic acid receptor blockers like topiramate and perampanel.
  6. N and L-calcium channel blockers like zonisamide, valproate, topiramate, and lamotrigine

Even though there are so many types of drugs available, all of them cannot be used for the treatment of seizures. Doctors would evaluate the condition thoroughly before prescribing a medication that can be helpful in reducing the severity of the condition.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Herniated Disc - Effects And Diagnosis!

MS - Orthopaedics, M.Ch Trauma & Ortho, Diploma In Orthopaedics (D. Ortho), MBBS
Orthopedist, Chennai
Herniated Disc - Effects And Diagnosis!

A herniated disc also known as a slip disc or prolapsed disc refers to the problem where one of the discs located in between the bones of the vertebrae(backbone) gets damaged and stacks itself upon the nerves. The tender inner portion of the disc gets protruded over the outer ring. Herniated disc causes severe neck pain and back pain. It occurs when the outer ring gets weak and tears down. The most common symptoms include pain and numbness, especially on one side of the body. The pain extends down to the arms and legs. It worsens during nighttime. The muscles become weak. Overweight people are likely to have this disease, as the discs carry extra weight. Old people are vulnerable to a slip disc.

Effects of Herinated Disc:
- An untreated case of herniated disc may cause permanent damage to the nerves.
- In certain cases, a herniated disc is capable of cutting off nerve impulses to the "caudal equine"nerves, present in the lower back and legs. This leads to loss of bladder control or bowel control.
- Saddle anaesthesia is another long-term effect. Nerves are compressed by the slip disc, causing loss of sensation in the inner portions of your thighs, the back of your legs and surrounding the rectum region.
- Symptoms may improve or worsen.

Diagnosis of Herinated Disc:

Treatment or diagnosis of herniated disc or slip disc can be either conservative or surgical in nature. The nature of treatment is determined according to your discomfort level and the kind of pain you are experiencing, or how much the disc has slipped out.
- The pain caused by herniated disc can be relieved by undertaking an exercise schedule which includes stretching and strengthening the spine and its surrounding muscles.
- A physiotherapist should be appointed for recommending the types of exercises.
- Taking pain relievers also soothes the pain.
- Stronger medicines prescribed by doctors include-muscle relaxers, narcotics to deal with the pain, medicines for nerve pain such as "gabapentin"  or "duloxetine".
- In case of the symptoms not subsiding within a span of six weeks, a surgery may be recommended by your doctor. The surgeon may have to remove the damaged part of the disc. This surgery is called a microdiskectomy.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Herpes Zoster

MBBS, DHMS-Harvard, Masters in Clinical Dermatology
Dermatologist, Chandigarh
Herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster or Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles.

While it isn't a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful. Vaccines can help reduce the risk of shingles, while early treatment can help shorten a shingles infection and lessen the chance of complications.


The signs and symptoms of shingles usually affect only a small section of one side of your body. These signs and symptoms may include:

  • Pain, burning, numbness or tingling
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • A red rash that begins a few days after the pain
  • Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over
  • Itching

Some people also experience:

Pain is usually the first symptom of shingles. For some, it can be intense. Depending on the location of the pain, it can sometimes be mistaken for a symptom of problems affecting the heart, lungs or kidneys. Some people experience shingles pain without ever developing the rash.

Most commonly, the shingles rash develops as a stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or right side of your torso. Sometimes the shingles rash occurs around one eye or on one side of the neck or face.


There's no cure for shingles, but prompt treatment with prescription antiviral drugs can speed healing and reduce your risk of complications. These medications include:

  • Acyclovir
  • Valacyclovir 

Shingles can cause severe pain, so your doctor also may prescribe:

  • Capsaicin topical patch
  • Anticonvulsants, such as gabapentin
  • Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline
  • Numbing agents, such as lidocaine, delivered via a cream, gel, spray or skin patch
  • Medications that contain narcotics, such as codeine
  • An injection including corticosteroids and local anesthetics

Shingles generally lasts between two and six weeks. Most people get shingles only once, but it is possible to get it two or more times.

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