What measures relieve postherpetic neuralgia?
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Tricyclic antidepressants, gabapentin, and pregabalin effectively reduce pain (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, at least 2 good-quality randomized controlled trials [RCTs] and/or meta-analyses). Opioids have demonstrated pain relief in 3 RCTs (SOR: A, consistent RCTs). Capsaicin and the lidocaine 5% patch relieve pain and decrease allodynia (SOR: B, recommendations from meta-analyses and lower-quality RCTs).
Journal of Family Practice, 58(7) 2009: 384d-384f.