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Houston, Texas 77030


The addition of gabapentin therapy to standard antiviral treatment with valacyclovir in acute herpes zoster patients will decrease the incidence of post-herpetic neuralgia.


Inclusion Criteria: - Male or female patients of 50 years of age and older. - Patients with a clinical diagnosis of uncomplicated herpes zoster presenting within the first 72 hours of vesicles. - Patients who are willing and able to comply with the requirements of the study. - Patients who are willing and able to give written informed consent. - Average pain score pre-therapy greater or equal than 4 on 10-point Likert scale. Exclusion Criteria: - Sexually-active women of childbearing potential, including postmenopausal women less than 1 year since last menses, not employing adequate contraception (approved oral contraceptive, intrauterine device, barrier methods or total abstinence). - Pregnant females and nursing mothers. - Patients with immune dysfunction including congenital immune deficiency, active malignancy of any type, collagen vascular diseases, organ or bone marrow transplantations, known infection with HIV or severe atopic dermatitis. - Patients who have received cytotoxic drugs or immunosuppressive therapy (e.g., chronic systemic corticosteroids) within the previous 3 months. - Patients with evidence of cutaneous or visceral dissemination of herpes zoster infection (cutaneous dissemination is defined as > 20 discrete lesions outside adjacent dermatomes). - Patients who have received systemic anti-VZV medications or immunomodulatory medications (including interferon) within the previous 4 weeks. - Patients currently receiving probenecid. - Patients with impaired renal function: calculated creatinine clearance of <30 mL/min using Cockcroft and Gault formula. - Patients with abnormal liver function (alanine transaminase (ALT) or aspartate;transaminase (AST) levels greater than five times the upper limit of the normal range). - Patients with a history of intolerance or hypersensitivity to acyclovir, penciclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir or gabapentin. - Patients currently receiving therapy with gabapentin or tricyclic antidepressants. - Patients with clinical evidence of ocular involvement of herpes zoster. Patients with herpes zoster of the ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal nerve without evidence of ocular involvement will be included.



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Principal Investigator
Stephen Tyring, MD, PhD
Center for Clinical Studies

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Houston, Texas 77030
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: August 31, 2019

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