Nervous system disorders

Bell's palsy

About Bell's palsy

Bell's palsy is the most common cause of facial paralysis. It usually affects just one side of the face.

Symptoms of Bell's palsy
  • Sudden facial paralysis, usually on one side of your face
  • Twitching
  • Weakness
  • Drooping eyelid or corner of mouth
  • Drooling
  • Dry eye or mouth
  • Excessive tearing in the eye
  • Impaired sense of taste

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All Medications for Bell's palsy

  • Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant > Corticosteroid

    • Prednisone
      Prescription only

      Deltasone (Prednisone) is a common oral corticosteroid that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid

Antiviral

  • Valtrex
    (Valacyclovir)
    Prescription only

    Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is good for treating viral infections like herpes, chickenpox, and shingles. It won't cure the disease, but it'll shorten the length of a breakout.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Zovirax
    (Acyclovir)
    Prescription only

    Zovirax (Acyclovir) is good for treating viral infections like herpes, chickenpox, and shingles. It won't cure the disease, but it'll shorten the length of a breakout.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral suspension
    • Dissolving tablet extended release
    • Cream, gel, or ointment

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