Antivirals for Shingles
How It Works
Antiviral medicines prevent the virus that causes Reference shingles Opens New Window from multiplying. These medicines shorten the period of rash, decrease pain during the active stage of the illness, and reduce the possibility of getting complications of shingles, such as Reference postherpetic neuralgia Opens New Window. Antivirals may be taken orally (by mouth) or injected intravenously (in a vein).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 18, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology