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How does gabapentin treat shingles?

Gabapentin affects nerves and chemicals in the brain that cause seizures and the pain of shingles; however, gabapentin does not cure these conditions, it only helps to treat the symptoms. It relieves the pain of shingles by changing the way the body feels pain. Studies show that 34 percent of the people who take gabapentin decreased their shingles pain by 50 percent.

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