Does acyclovir (Zovirax) reduce the rate of incomplete recovery from 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 Scottish study cited earlier suggested that prednisolone, and not acyclovir, is useful for facial recovery in Bell palsy. [12]

A Cochrane review found no significant benefit to the use of antivirals over placebo in reducing the rate of incomplete recovery from Bell palsy. [58] This meta-analysis looked at 7 studies involving a total of 1987 patients treated between 1966 and 2008.


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