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Treatment for Postherpetic Neuralgia


Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is difficult to treat. Once PHN develops, a patient may need a multidisciplinary approach that involves a pain specialist, primary care physician, and other health care providers.

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) treatment guidelines for postherpetic neuralgia recommend:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline, nortriptyline, desipramine, maprotiline)
  • Anticonvulsants (gabapentin and pregabalin)
  • Lidocaine skin patches
  • Opioids...
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