Are high-dose steroids safe for the treatment of Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP) in patients with diabetes?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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High-dose steroids (>120 mg/day of prednisone) have been safely used to treat Bell palsy in patients with diabetes [54, 55] ; however, optimal dosing has not been established. Caution should be used in these cases because of the risk of hyperglycemia.


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