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Can anti-seizure medicine be used to treat bell's palsy?

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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: No

Bell's palsy is facial weakness or paralysis that is thought to be caused by a viral infection.
It is not a seizure and therefore those seizure medications would not be helpful.

In brief: No

Bell's palsy is facial weakness or paralysis that is thought to be caused by a viral infection.
It is not a seizure and therefore those seizure medications would not be helpful.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Not of value

Best approach for Bell's includes antiviral agent, steroids, and even B vitamins.
Anti-epileptic drugs have no role here.

In brief: Not of value

Best approach for Bell's includes antiviral agent, steroids, and even B vitamins.
Anti-epileptic drugs have no role here.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
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In brief: Rx Bell's Palsy

Yes and no. Bell's palsy is normally painless.
It would be treated with prednisone, antiviral medicine, or nothing at all. If there was pain related to nerve irritation in the face, an anti seizure medicine called carbamazepine may be used. This is helpful for people with trigeminal neuralgia for example.

In brief: Rx Bell's Palsy

Yes and no. Bell's palsy is normally painless.
It would be treated with prednisone, antiviral medicine, or nothing at all. If there was pain related to nerve irritation in the face, an anti seizure medicine called carbamazepine may be used. This is helpful for people with trigeminal neuralgia for example.
Dr. Olav Jaren
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Bell palsy is treated with Prednisone and/or antivirals.
Perhaps you are thinking of trigeminal neuralgia, which is treated with an antiseizure medicine, .

In brief: No

Bell palsy is treated with Prednisone and/or antivirals.
Perhaps you are thinking of trigeminal neuralgia, which is treated with an antiseizure medicine, .
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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