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

All Medications for Bell's palsy

  • Deltasone
    (prednisone)
    Prescription only

    Deltasone (prednisone) is effective for controlling allergic reactions and conditions involving an overactive immune system. It can quickly make you feel better, but Deltasone (prednisone) can cause serious complications and side effects if taken for a long time.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release pill
    • Liquid
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral suspension
    • Dissolving tablet extended release
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Valtrex
    (Valacyclovir)
    Prescription only

    Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is a first choice treatment for herpes, chickenpox, and shingles. It won't cure the disease, but it'll control the signs and symptoms of an outbreak.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

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