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What Medicine To Take After Shingles

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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

...depression, epilepsy, or severe pain are sometimes used for the pain of shingles. These can have a variety of side effects. Nortriptyline is the antidepressant most frequently used for shingles pain. Pregabalin is an epilepsy medicine also used for pain after shingles. Can Shingles Be Prevented? Currently, there is no way to predict an outbreak of shingles. Researchers have shown that giving older people a stronger form of the chicken...
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Hi I have a question about shingles. My partner and I have been together 5 years and we are both hiv positive, and two weeks ago we had anal sex and I ejackulated in him and then 1 day later he got shingles, he went to the doctor and got on medicine...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...You cannot give your partner shingles. It is a infection caused by a virus that is dormant inside nerve cells. With an immune impairment such as that caused by HIV, Read more »

Just diagnosed and also have shingles please answer!

I am 22 year old male in the UK and have just had the devastating news that I am HIV+. I wouldn't say I deserve it but it is my own fault and I hope I can get through it. I don't plan to let it control my life completely.I had a test one year ago...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...the infection.4) Using acyclovir will not affect any use of HAART. There are no drug interactions between acyclovir and HAART medicines and acyclovir will not cause HIV to become resistant to any medications.Take care of yourself. I am glad you... Read more »

shingle again?

Dear Drs,i had shingle few weeks ago and i think it's getting better,however,today i can feel that the other side of my neck and head is having the same symptom and i am so scare that it will come back again,please help....should i go to my dr and...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Thanks for your post.Yes, shingles (herpes zoster) can reoccur-- your symptoms should prompt contacting your doctor. Early intervention with zoster medication Read more »


I've been Hiv+ for 19 years never taken any meds and my T-cells and viral load vary from 225 T-Cells to over 626 in a year. Viral load slowly creeping up.In the the last year I've had a bout with shingles twice! I'm not stressed am calm Why?Is their...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...Shingles is a skin condition consisting of painful blisters that occur in one area of the body (dermatome). It is caused by the varicella Read more »
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...patients in the U.S. DHHS HIV treatment guidelines. Atripla is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for those taking HIV medicine for the first time due to ease of taking one pill, once a day. A great benefit: the single tablet cuts... Read more »
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Cat's Claw (Uña de Gato)

...poisonous. Natives of the Peruvian jungle, especially the Ashaninkatribe, have used cat's claw for hundreds of years as a medicine.It did not come to the attention of researchers until the1970s. Cat's claw contains chemicals called oxindole... Read more »
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...been found. Tips: With other powerful, newer drugs on the market, the twice-daily injectable Fuzeon has truly become a medicine of last resort. In fact, some specialists have been taking patients off Fuzeon and putting them on newer drugs,... Read more »
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...treatment-naive people. Four tablets once daily can increase side effects, especially diarrhea. Taking with food and anti-diarrheal medicine helps lessen diarrhea. Kaletra should not be taken only once a day by children under 18. Please see... Read more »
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shingle will happen twice or more?

Posted by JHIV130306, 3 Replies
help!!! i had shingle few weeks ago but it seems recovered,however,i today felt that i have the same symptom of developing shingle the other side of my body!!! will this happen this way? anyone had this situation before? please~~~~i'm so... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Someone told me that shingles is one of the first indications of being HIV positive. I had shingles in 2002, and has felt fine since then. Although I do occassionally Read more »

Shingles = HIV?

Posted by grcboy30, 4 Replies
...Hi there. I had chicken pox at 5 years old so can develop shingles. I haven't been to the doctor yet but have what I am pretty sure is shingles on the side of my chest (a pink rash which is itchy Read more »

Can I get Shingles from another Poz guy if I had ?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Can I get shingles from another poz person even if I already had them myself in the past??? Read more »