Herpes Zoster (Shingles): Assessing and Prescribing


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An early start of antiviral medications for patients with shingles (herpes zoster) is very important. Pharmacists can now assess and prescribe for this condition.

During your assessment, if your pharmacist finds that you have symptoms that can lead to more serious complications (such as vision impairment), they will refer you to emergency care.

There is no cost to you for the assesment and prescribing when you present your Nova Scotia Health Card.**

Your pharmacist will provide information on skin care management, vaccines to prevent recurrence and answer any questions you may have.

After your consultation, your pharmacist will follow-up with you to assess the effectiveness of your treatment and determine if you are experiencing any side effects.   

Your pharmacist will send your primary care provider (or specialist) a notice of what they have prescribed.  If you do not have a primary care provider, your pharmacist can provide you with a copy of this notification.  

All pharmacy services are provided in clinic rooms to protect your privacy.  Pharmacists are required by law and their code of ethics to keep your information confidential.  

Talk to a member of your pharmacy team to learn more about this and other pharmacy services they provide.


Note: this service is for those who think that they have shingles. Pharmacist can also assess, prescribe, and adminster the shingles vaccine. To learn more about this service, click here.


**Medication costs are in addition to this service and may be covered by your insurance provider.