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Postherpetic neuralgia: Quiz


Question 1: Typically, the neuralgia is confined to a dermatomic area of the skin and follows an outbreak of ________ (HZ, commonly known as shingles) in that same dermatomic area.
Herpes zosterKaposi's sarcomaHerpes simplexChickenpox

Question 2: These drugs affect key brain chemicals, including serotonin and ________, that play a role in both depression and how your body interprets pain.

Question 3: Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a ________ caused by the varicella zoster virus.
Complex regional pain syndromePeripheral neuropathyTrigeminal neuralgiaNeuralgia

Question 4: Other opioids are prescription-only and include higher dosages of codeine, tramadol, morphine or ________.

Question 5: It is strongly recommended by professionals that patients see a doctor at the first sign of ________.
Herpes simplexKaposi's sarcomaChickenpoxHerpes zoster

Question 6: Doctors often prescribe another anticonvulsant called ________ (Carbatrol, Tegretol) for sharp, jabbing pain.
Eslicarbazepine acetateMirtazapineOxcarbazepineCarbamazepine

Question 7: Medications such as ________ (Dilantin, Phenytek), used to treat seizures, also can lessen the pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia.

Question 8: venlafaxine, ________ and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may be off-label used in postherpetic neuralgia and generally prove less effective, although they may be better tolerated than the tricyclics.

Question 9: ________ provide more potent pain control and the weaker members such as codeine may be available over the counter in combination with paracetamol (co-codamol).

Question 10: Newer anticonvulsants, such as gabapentin (Neurontin) and ________ (Lamictal), are generally tolerated better and can help control burning and pain.
Valproic acidTopiramateCarbamazepineLamotrigine

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