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
What people are taking for it

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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
33
Tried for
Shingles (herpes zoster) (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Nerve pain (neuralgia) (13) Pain (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Pain (10) Nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (6) Shingles (herpes zoster) (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (5) Nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Insomnia (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
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)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Insomnia (6)

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) (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Alopecia Brain fog 9 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Shingles (herpes zoster) (33)
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Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Shingles (herpes zoster) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Abdominal cramps 5 more
How many evaluations
8
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Nerve pain (neuralgia) (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Dizziness and feeling faint 7 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Nerve pain (neuralgia) (13) Pain (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (10) Nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Cognitive confusion 1 more
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (6) Shingles (herpes zoster) (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Low blood pressure (hypotension) and chest pain 3 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (5) Nerve pain (neuralgia) (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
3
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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)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Dizziness
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (6)

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 40
40s 65
50s 107
60s 64
70+ 24

Sex

Distribution of sex

79% Female
21% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 14
20-29 years 34
30-39 years 36
40-49 years 38
50-59 years 45
60-69 years 14
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 242
Not Diagnosed 13

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