Yes, gabapentin is commonly prescribed for shingle pain.
Antihistamines would help itching.
Go back to your doctor and ask for law ocarina patches. These anesthetize the skin, just like when the dentist freezes your mouth, but no shot. The patch has helped me tremendously. It can be cut easily to fit the area that hurts or itches. I have been using it off and on for months now.
Gabapentine does help. It does have odd side effects for some. I used it during the worse part. Give it a try. There really is nothing else that helps. And stop with the antihistamines. The itch is not allergic, it is nerve excitation. The patch calms it. These are expensive if you don't have medication insurance, but very well worth it. Medicare covers it. Don't overdue as it can be toxic. Use exactly how the doctor tells you.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
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