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How do medications treat postherpetic neuralgia?

There are several different medications that can be used to treat your postherpetic neuralgia. Painkillers and steroids can help dull the pain, while anticonvulsants work to restore electrical activity in your damaged nerves. Antidepressants can also help by increasing your levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. Both of these chemicals can help dull pain and make you feel better. Skin patches containing topical painkillers may be prescribed as well. These can be effective at targeting specific areas but only work for a short period of time. Treatment does not work in every case.

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