What are the goals of pharmacotherapy in patients with 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 goals of pharmacotherapy are to reduce morbidity and prevent complications. Agents used in cases of Bell palsy include corticosteroids and antiviral agents. Early treatment with corticosteroids is the most widely accepted treatment, but it remains controversial because most patients recover without treatment. The literature offers less support for the use of antiviral agents in either monotherapy or combination therapy, although treatment with combinations of corticosteroids and antiviral agents is somewhat better supported.


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