South Staffordshire Joint FormularyCannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group
Acute Herpes Zoster (Shingles):- Antiviral treatment always indicated for the elderly, immunocompromised, ophthalmic or herpes zoster.
If onset of rash is less than 24 hours and the patient is aged 14 years and over, or in severe pain, or dense/oral rash, or secondary household case, taking steroids or a smoker, consider aciclovir. Aciclovir is NOT recommended for children with chickenpox and do NOT prescribe or advise ibuprofen in chickenpox.
This is a NHS England Specialised Comissioning Drug