Shingles and Pregnancy (cont.)
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Treatments exist that can lessen the severity of shingles and reduce the risk of postherpetic neuralgia. These include the antiviral drugs acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex).
If you believe you have shingles, it's important to see your doctor right away because you must begin one of these medications within a few days of a shingles outbreak for best results. If your doctor prescribes an antiviral medication, it's important to take it exactly as directed. Most are taken once daily for several days. When taken as directed, these drugs should be safe during pregnancy.
In addition to the medications your doctor prescribes, there are over-the-counter (OTC) medications and self-help measures that are helpful for relieving shingles pain and itching and preventing infection. These include:
Before taking any OTC medication, it's important to speak with your doctor. Pregnant women should not take NSAIDs late in pregnancy.
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