Post Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN or Herpes Zoster) Clinical Trials, New Treatments
Post Herpetic Neuralgia or PHN is a neuralgic condition, which occurs as an after effect of herpes zoster infection or shingles. In most of the situations, it starts at the time of crusting of herpes zoster vesicles. However, it may also occur after the complete healing of herpes zoster eruption or shingles.
The most common symptom of Post Herpic Neuralgia is continuous pain for 3 months or more. The level of pain can be different at different times, including normal discomfort to severe stabbing pain condition. The area of herpes zoster eruption can also be affected with cutaneous scars. For some patients, it can also be associated with weakness, numbness, tremor or paralysis.
Treatment should be sought whenever a person is detected with shingles or herpes zoster eruption. Early treatment can reduce the chance of Post Herpetic Neuralgia. In case the patient develops Post Herpetic Neuralgia, it may appear sporadically and even after considerable time has elapsed since the initial infection. Pain controlling medication may be essential for treating Post herpetic Neuralgia, which may include locally applicable topical medicines or oral anti-inflammatory drugs. Antidepressants and anticonvulsants are also used to manage depression and muscle spasms related to PHN. A potential new treatment is XEN402, a topical medication for treating shingles that is being investigated in clinical trials. Recently a vaccine has also been shown to be effective in reducing PHN in elderly patients.
Several new developments are being researched on to invent more effective treatment for Post Herpetic Neuralgia. There are 20 interventions being tested in Post Herpetic Neuralgia clinical trials. These clinical trials are being conducted in 105 cities and are being performed by 23 different clinical trial investigators (doctors who conduct and supervise the clinical study). There are 15 Post Herpetic Neuralgia trials currently active in the United States.
Post Herpetic Neuralgia (Shingles) clinical trials interventions
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Sites/Medical Centers doing Post Herpetic Neuralgia (Shingles) Clinical Trials
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Clinical Trial Investigators for Post Herpetic Neuralgia
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List of Clinical Trials for Post Herpetic Neuralgia
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If you or your friend or family has postherpetic neuralgia, then you may want to find a clinical trial. You can use the Post Herpetic Neuralgia (Shingles) clinical trials tool to find a medical study near you.