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2020 Jul

Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent)



Effectiveness of pregabalin as a secondary treatment for neuropathic pain from postherpetic neuralgia.


Kopel J, Brower GL
Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2020 Jul; 33(3):469-470.
PMID: 32675992.


Herpes zoster or shingles causes a severe painful rash that spreads along dermatomes in the face or chest wall, which leads to a condition known as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). There is no cure for PHN, but there are many treatments to reduce pain duration and severity. In this case report, we describe a patient treated for PHN using pregabalin (Lyrica) after failure with gabapentin. Despite being listed as a controlled substance by the Food and Drug Administration, pregabalin may be an effective first-line therapy for PHN and other forms of neuropathic and chronic pain.