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I was just diagnosed with shingles. I was prescribed

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Hello, I was just diagnosed with shingles. I was prescribed Valacyclovir 10mg 3xa day and hydrocodone 5/325 every 6 hours as needed. Can I take hydro every 4 hours because it seems 6 isn't adequate ?
JA: What are all the symptoms you're experiencing (e.g. loss of appetite, fever, rash)?
Customer: Just pain and fever
JA: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: Pain is 1 week. Finally went to Dr on Friday and got diagnosed. The only time I don't feel pain as much is when standing. Rash is around waistline
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have been suffering from ICU for 9 months and as a result have to stay away from ibuprofen which causes a flare up of my hives. Taking a heavy regime of antihistamine
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 1 month ago.

Shingles is very painful!

Sorry to hear about your current situation.

Yes, you can take every 4 hours.

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