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Can the MS treatment (medicine) AUBAGIO cause shingles?
Shingles is not a listed risk of treatment with Teriflunomide (Aubagio) for Multiple sclerosis. However, many of the MS DMTs, including Aubagio, can potentially suppress immune responses and increase your risk of unusual infections or reactivation of dormant viruses like varicella, the cause of shingles. This is more common in older patients (> 50), those with prior immunosuppression and those with a lowering of absolute lymphocyte counts on therapy.
We encourage our patients to obtain a Shingrix vaccine if they are over the age of 50 and receiving a potentially immunosuppressive therapy. This vaccine is very effective at lowering the risk of shingles.
Revere P (Rip) Kinkel, MDProfessor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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