Versatis® is a topical 5% medicated lidocaine plaster, prescribed for the relief of neuropathic pain associated with previous herpes zoster infection (post-herpetic neuralgia, PHN)1, also known as 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 PHN2.
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 pain3.
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.
If you have been prescribed Versatis®, please click here to find a range of information to help you get the most from your treatment.
1. Versatis® Summary of Product Characteristics 2013
Original Author: Dr Tim Kenney
Current Version Nr 39 from August 25th, 2011