INDUCED HERPES ZOSTER: IS FLUVOXAMINE THE CULPRIT?
Dr Santosh S V*, Dr Yogendra M, Shashank S Hosur, Sree Nagavalli K
Journal Title:World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Herpes zoster (HZ) also known as Shingles is an acute viral infection results from reactivation of the DNA virus varicella zoster (VZV) which causes chicken pox. HZ is a localized, generally painful
cutaneous eruption that occurs most frequently among older adults and immuno compromised patients. The most commonly affected dermatomes are the thoracic (45%), cervical (23%) and trigeminal
(15%). The risk factors of HZ are older age, immunosuppressed
individuals, diabetes, female gender, genetic susceptibility, mechanical
trauma, recent psychological stress and white race. Fluvoxamine is the
drug which acts by inhibiting the serotonin reuptake and has
immunomodulatory action. Here we are presenting a rare case report of drug induced herpes zoster in a 58year old female patient suffering with obsessive spectrum disorder.