earlier and more aggressive treatment of herpes zoster

Experts now recommend earlier and more aggressive treatment of herpes zoster...to reduce the risk of postherpetic neuralgia.

This is a common problem...especially in patients over age 60.

Start antivirals within 72 hours of the onset of the rash. Use valacyclovir (Valtrex) 1 g TID...or famciclovir (Famvir) 500 mg TID...for 7 days.

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