Treatment for postherpetic neuralgia will depend on the type of pain as well as your physical, neurological, and mental health. You should discuss with your doctor to tailor the treatment plan for you. Here are some possible options.
Medical treatments for postherpetic neuralgia include:
- Painkillers, such as tramadol (Ultram) or oxycodone (OxyContin)
- Anticonvulsants, like Gabapentin, or Neurontin, and pregabalin
- Corticosteroid injection
- Lidocaine skin patches, which contain the topical pain-relieving medication lidocaine
- Capsaicin skin patch, involving a high concentration of an extract of chili peppers (capsaicin)
- Antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, desipramine (Norpramin), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and duloxetine (Cymbalta)
Other treatment options are:
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
- Spinal cord or peripheral nerve stimulation
In addition, there are some natural treatments for this condition, including vitamin C, acupuncture, cupping and herbal remedies. You can also wear comfortable clothing made from cotton or silk or use cool packs to relieve the pain.