Ask the doctor: What to take for shingles pain
|Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D.|
Q. I've been diagnosed with shingles. Is there anything I can take for the pain?
A. If you're over age 50 and you've had the shingles pain for less than three days, the current recommendation is that you take a medicine that kills the virus that causes shingles—varicella-zoster virus. The two medicines recommended most often are famciclovir and valacyclovir.