Treatment Options for Shingles

Currently, shingles cannot be cured. However, medication may help shorten the length of the disease and prevent potential complications. The following treatment options are available: antiviral medicines for reducing the pain and duration of shingles, antidepressants, pain medicines, and topical creams to alleviate any long-term pain.

Initial treatment. When shingles is first diagnosed, your doctor will probably start treating you with antiviral medicines. If treatment is initiated within the first three days of seeing the shingles rash, you lower your chance of developing complications such as postherpetic neuralgia.