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?
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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