Bell's Palsy To Treat or Not to Treat

Edward M. Desimone ii, RPh, PhD, FaPha; Jason W. tatsak, PharmD


US Pharmacist 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Bell's palsy is an acute unilateral peripheral paralysis or weakness of the face that may lead to permanent disfigurement to the affected side of the face.[1–3] In 1821, the Scottish surgeon and anatomist Sir Charles Bell was the first to the describe this syndrome, as well as the function and anatomy of the facial nerve.[2] The use of pharmacologic agents has been controversial in the past owing to inconsistent efficacy and the high rate of spontaneous recovery. Recent studies have shown with increasing confidence that certain pharmacologic agents, such as corticosteroids and antivirals, may be beneficial and can effect clinical improvements in the patient.


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