What is Shingles?

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a skin rash that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Symptoms include blisters, burning, itching, fever, and pain. It usually takes about two to three weeks to clear up.

Treatment for shingles includes taking antiviral medications. A common drug class used to treat shingles is the herpes virus nucleoside analogues drug class. Vaccinations can be used to prevent outbreaks.

Savings Tips for Shingles

  • How to Treat Shingles

    September 11, 2014

    One million Americans get shingles, aka herpes zoster, each year. Early treatment is key. In addition to antiviral medications to shorten the duration of your shingles outbreak, you need to know about the dreaded—and most common—complication of shingles, which will occur in 20% of cases . . . post-herpetic neuralgia.

    Shingles is a viral disease caused by the reactivation of varicella zoster virus that had remained quiet in the sensory ganglia since you were first exposed to chickenpox. See More

  • Quick! You’ve Met Your Deductible, It’s Time to Use Your Benefits

    December 13, 2013

    Our offices are packed with folks “gettin’ things done” before the end of the year because they’ve met their deductible and, well, things are “free” now. Here are the things you can think about cramming in before 2014 starts.

    1. Take a shot! Vaccinations. Make sure your Tdap, Zostavax, Pneumovax, Influenza, Hep A and B vaccines are up to date. Tdap every 10 years, Zostavax just once after the age of 60. See More

  • Do You Need the Shingles Vaccine?

    June 27, 2013

    Shingles (Herpes zoster) is viral illness that can occur later in life if you have had chicken pox (Varicella). It is a common illness in the elderly, and can cause significant discomfort. People with weakened immune systems are also more likely to get shingles.

    Shingles occurs when the chicken pox virus reactivates in the body, leading to a blistering rash, nerve pain, and other nerve-related symptoms. See More

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Popular Shingles Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Herpes Virus Nucleoside Analogues 29 See Prices
Herpes Virus Nucleoside Analogues 12 See Prices
Vaccinations 204 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Shingles Drug Classes

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