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Medications for Postherpetic Neuralgia

Other names: Persisting Pain, Shingles

What is Postherpetic Neuralgia:  Postherpetic neuralgia is pain that lasts for more than a month after a shingles infection occurred. The pain may last for months or years.

Medications to treat Postherpetic Neuralgia

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Axsain Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Capsicum Oleoresin Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Capsin Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Capzasin Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Capzasin-P Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Capzasin Back and Body Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Castiva Warming Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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CidalEaze Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: lidocaine topical

Drug class: topical anesthetics

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clonidine Off Label Rx C N X Add review Add

Generic name: clonidine systemic

Drug class: antiadrenergic agents, centrally acting

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Gabarone Rx C N X Add review Add

Generic name: gabapentin systemic

Drug class: gamma-aminobutyric acid analogs

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GNP Capsaicin Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Icy Hot PM Patch Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Menthac Arthritis Cream with Capsaicin Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Qutenza Rx B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Salonpas Gel-Patch Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Salonpas Pain Patch with Capsaicin Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Sloan's Liniment Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Trixaicin Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Zostrix Rx/OTC B N Add review Add

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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lidocaine Rx/OTC B N 4 reviews
2.0

Generic name: lidocaine topical

Brand names:  Lidoderm, CidalEaze

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
Lidoderm Rx B N 4 reviews
3.0

Generic name: lidocaine topical

Drug class: topical anesthetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
capsaicin Rx/OTC B N 7 reviews
5.0

Generic name: capsaicin topical

Brand names:  Capsicum Oleoresin, Capzasin, Salonpas Pain Patch with Capsaicin, Zostrix, Capsin, Capzasin-P, Icy Hot PM Patch, Axsain, Capzasin-HP, Menthac Arthritis Cream with Capsaicin, Qutenza, Salonpas Gel-Patch, Sloan's Liniment, Trixaicin, Capzasin Back and Body, Castiva Warming, GNP Capsaicin

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
gabapentin enacarbil Rx C N X 5 reviews
7.0

Generic name: gabapentin enacarbil systemic

Brand name:  Horizant

Drug class: gamma-aminobutyric acid analogs

For consumers: interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
gabapentin Rx C N X 38 reviews
7.0

Generic name: gabapentin systemic

Brand names:  Neurontin, Gralise, Gabarone

Drug class: gamma-aminobutyric acid analogs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Lyrica Rx C 5 X 18 reviews
7.0

Generic name: pregabalin systemic

Drug class: gamma-aminobutyric acid analogs

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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