Shingles (herpes zoster)

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What is Shingles (herpes zoster)?

A disorder caused by reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus that has remained dormant, often for decades, after the patient's initial exposure to varicella (chickenpox). It is characterized by severe nerve pain along the distribution of the affected nerve and red blister type rash over the area.

Common symptoms reported by people with Shingles (herpes zoster)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
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Treatments taken by people with Shingles (herpes zoster)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Shingles (herpes zoster) (28)
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Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Nerve pain (neuralgia) (14) Pain (6)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Pain (11) Nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Pain (6) Shingles (herpes zoster) (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Insomnia (3) Pain (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Famvir)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Shingles (herpes zoster) (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Insomnia (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5

Data from patients with Shingles (herpes zoster), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Shingles (herpes zoster)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Shingles (herpes zoster) (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Alopecia Cognitive impairment 6 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Shingles (herpes zoster) (28)
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Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Shingles (herpes zoster) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Stomach upset
How many evaluations
9
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Nerve pain (neuralgia) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Drowsiness 9 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Nerve pain (neuralgia) (14) Pain (6)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (11) Nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Mood swings 2 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (6) Shingles (herpes zoster) (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Insomnia (3) Pain (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Famvir)
Perceived effectiveness
for Shingles (herpes zoster) (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Shingles (herpes zoster) (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Drunk feeling
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Insomnia (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1

Data from patients with Shingles (herpes zoster), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Shingles (herpes zoster) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 22
30s 32
40s 63
50s 102
60s 49
70+ 17

Sex

Distribution of sex

78% Female
22% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 13
20-29 years 30
30-39 years 32
40-49 years 34
50-59 years 41
60-69 years 8
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 214
Not Diagnosed 12

These charts show data from Shingles patients who have completed their condition history
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