There are several treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for pain after shingles. There are pills, which need to be taken daily and work by traveling through the body, acting on the nervous system. There is also a topical patch product that is applied to the site of pain every day and left on for up to 12 hours.
Another option is Qutenza®, a unique, FDA-approved patch that can provide 3 months of pain relief from a single, 1-hour application. Unlike other patches, Qutenza® is removed after the single, 1-hour application. Qutenza® is applied by your doctor or by a healthcare professional under the close supervision of your doctor.
Qutenza® targets the nerves in the skin. Qutenza® is a non-narcotic, unlikely to cause drowsiness or have drug-drug interactions. Qutenza® has no contraindications and it can be used alone or with other pain medications.1
|Qutenza®||Lidocaine Patch2||Oral Pain Medications3|
|Dosing interval||Once every 3 or more months||Once a day||1 to 4 times a day|
|Delivery/application||Patch: Single, 1-hour application||Patch: Up to 12 hours a day of wear||Taken by mouth|
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