About PHN or after-shingles pain
Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a nerve pain (neuralgia) that persists after a shingles rash has cleared. If the pain goes, but then returns at a later date, this too is called PHN3.
It can be a very painful condition that may last for many years. People often describe the pain in terms such as burning, stabbing, or shooting pain2.
PHN or after-shingles pain can be difficult to diagnose as it is not visible on the skin and the symptoms can vary.
You may experience an increased sensitivity to pain, i.e. a normally mild pain becomes more severe (hyperalgesia). Sometimes even a stimulus like light touch, which normally does not provoke pain, becomes painful (allodynia).
Your doctor may use a variety of examinations and tests to diagnose PHN or after-shingles pain. It is important that you also describe to your doctor the pain you have been experiencing.
As with any medicine, if you have any questions or concerns about Versatis®, please talk to your doctor.
How to use
Always use this medicine as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Versatis Patient Information Leaflet
1. Versatis® Summary of Product Characteristics, Oct 2014. Version 15.0
2. Versatis® Patient Information Leaflet 2014
3. http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Postherpetic-Neuralgia.htm, Original Author: Dr Tim Kenney Current Version Nr 39 from August 25th, 2011