On Dec. 7, 2010 I was diagnosed with shingles and began taking acyclovir 5 times a day. I am still taking it. I saw the nurse practioner who said I should take the medication as long as I had the tingling senstion at the site. I did not get in to see her within the 72 hour window that is recommended but I did get in before the blisters appeared which did appear 3 days after beginning acyclovir. I am still having some tingling sensations and sometimes bee sting like pain 2 or 3 times a day. Should I stop taking acyclovir and consider this the phantom pain that sometimes remains after shingles? Will these twinges get worse if I stop the medication?
In situations like this it is best to follow your nurse practitioners advise and keep on taking the acyclovir as long you have the tingling sensation.
It's better to continue treatment to avoid having another episode.
I know this is an old post, but my concern is a NP who would prescribe Acyclovir before you broke out. I saw my doctor the day before I broke out due to intense left trunk pain—thought I may have a kidney stone. Answer to my problem was obvious the next morning when I awoke broken out. Got shingles confirmed and started Acyclovir then.
- Acyclovir Information for Consumers
- Acyclovir Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Acyclovir (detailed)
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