Painkiller oxycodone helps reduce shingles painMarch 31st, 2009 - 5:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 31 (ANI): A commonly used painkiller has been found to be effective against treating the acute pain of shingles, an illness that often causes severe pain along with a rash.
The painkiller oxycodone can help in treating acute pain of shingles, which is caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, a bug that causes chicken pox.
Only those having chicken pox are vulnerable to shingles.
Older adults aged 85 have 50pct increased likelihood of getting shingles.
“Oftentimes patients are told that the rash will heal in two or three weeks anyway, and the pain will go away, so they’re not given something for the pain unless it’s excruciating,” said Dr Robert Dworkin, the University of Rochester Medical Centre pain expert, who led the study.
“But moderate pain can stop people from working, or enjoying their hobbies, and it can also make some people depressed or anxious. So there’s good reason to treat all pain from the infection,” he added.
In the study involving 87 shingles patients, the team studied the effectiveness of painkillers oxycodone and gabapentin, which both effectively treat pain associated with nerve damage. Patients, whose average age was 66, had moderate to severe pain.
The participants were divided into three groups and received oxycodone, gabapentin, or placebo.
The team found that oxycodone was quite effective. Patients taking the medication, which is sold as Oxycontin, were more than twice as likely to experience a meaningful reduction in their pain - at least a 30-percent decrease.
The study has been published in journal Pain. (ANI)
- Novel anti-shingles agent developed - Apr 22, 2011
- A compound for healing painful blisters - Apr 25, 2011
- Chicken pox vaccine cuts shingles risk in kids - Dec 05, 2009
- Shingles 'more common than previously thought' - Feb 02, 2011
- Shingles 'raises stroke risk in adults' - Oct 09, 2009
- Shingles vaccine cuts risk by 55 pc: Study - Jan 12, 2011
- Chicken pox in childhood could affect oral health later - Feb 19, 2009
- Chicken pox hits 90 kids in South Africa - Sep 22, 2010
- Breakthrough could protect people at risk from pain of shingles - Jun 09, 2010
- Double dose of chicken pox vaccine more effective - Jan 05, 2011
- Double doses of chicken pox vaccine most effective: Study - Jan 05, 2011
- Mood, anxiety disorders patients likely to abuse painkillers - Dec 14, 2011
- New York Police busts oxycodone drug trafficking ring - Mar 18, 2011
- Tattoos drive new source of bacterial infection? - Sep 07, 2012
- Opioids now most prescribed class of medications in US - Apr 06, 2011
Tags: acute pain, chicken pox, dr robert, dworkin, gabapentin, meaningful reduction, medical centre, moderate pain, nerve damage, older adults, oxycodone, oxycontin, pain expert, reactivation, rochester medical, severe pain, shingles, university of rochester, varicella, varicella zoster virus