Prevention of Shingles - Combination of Viral Drugs May Treat Shingles
and New Drug May Prevent It - Symptoms - Vaccine
May 29th 2006
Researchers say that a combination of antiviral drug medications will
reduce nerve pain following a shingles infection. The study, led by
Dianna Quan, MD and her colleagues at the University of Colorado and
Health Sciences Center, Denver, administered the antiviral therapy to 15
patients (12 men and three women).
The participants received 10 milligrams of the medication acyclovir
intravenously every eight hours for 14 days and then took three
1,000-milligram pills of the medication valacyclovir every day for one
month. The patients were asked to rate their pain from a scale of zero
to 10, both before and after the treatment, and than again a month after
finishing the valacyclovir therapy.
The results were hopeful. One month after the therapy, eight (or 53
percent) patients reported that their pain had reduced significantly (by
two or more points). This is about the same as those who reported such
an improvement after day 15 (seven) and after day 45 (eight).