What is the recommended dose of prednisone for the treatment of Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP)?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The recommended dose of prednisone for the treatment of Bell palsy is 1 mg/kg or 60 mg/day for 6 days, followed by a taper, for a total of 10 days. Caution should be used in patients with any of the following:

  • Tuberculosis

  • Immunocompromise

  • Pregnancy

  • Active infection

  • Sarcoidosis

  • Sepsis

  • Peptic ulcer disease

  • Diabetes mellitus

  • Renal or hepatic dysfunction

  • Malignant hypertension


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