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Are prescription medications available for pityriasis rosea?

After being diagnosed with pityriasis rosea, you may be prescribed medication. Antiviral medications like acyclovir and famciclovir are used to shorten the length of time you have the rash. Oral antihistamines may be prescribed to relieve the itching that accompanies the rash.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

There are, but they aren’t usually prescribed to everyone diagnosed with pityriasis rosea. If you do get a prescription, it will probably be for an antiviral medication or a super-strength anti-itch cream or pill. The antivirals don’t cure the rash, but they tend to speed up healing, and the super-strength anti-itch medications are only used in extreme cases where your itch is intolerable and nothing else helps.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Prescription anti-viral drugs can help to reduce the duration of pityriasis rosea by a week or two, but it is important to consult a physician to discuss options.


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