How effective is acyclovir (Zovirax) for treating Bell's palsy?

Likely useful. We believe cause is herpes simplex, so, an antiviral like Zovirax can likely reverse inflammatory reaction. But not fully clear how valuable this is, as about 92 % of Bell's palsy victims fully recover with or without acyclovir.

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The combination of prednisone and acyclovir for my bell's palsy makes me extremely drowsy is this normal? The pa that prescribed the meds said its nt

Bell's palsy. Prednisone is more likely to give you insomnia than make you drowsy (http://www.Drugs.Com/prednisone.Html). Acyclovir may be associated w/unusual tiredness or weakness (http://www.Drugs.Com/sfx/acyclovir-side-effects.Html). It's up to you to decide whether medications' side effects are worth benefit. Read more...

Is there any use 4 taking acyclovir after three weeks of symptoms. At 1st diagnosed w/bell's palsy now severe pain, maybe herpes oticus or ramsay hunt?

Yes . There are some data to suggest that taking a course of Acyclovir will reduce the risk of developing postherpetic neuralgia. You should go ahead and take the medication. Read more...
Probably not. It might be too late for acyclovir. You might benefit from anti-inflamatory drugs and analgesics for pain. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor and she or he will help you. Either way, all of these drugs require a prescription. In addition, you might be referred to a neurologist for further evaluation. Read more...

Went to ER 12/25 w/ left ear/jaw pain & left side facial paralysis. Dx Bell's Palsy. Rx prednisone, acyclovir. Tips for recovery? Anything to avoid?

Not much to do. Most patients with Bell's Palsy recover completely, but it takes time. Perhaps of greatest importance is ensuring eye protection if unable to completely close the lid on the affected side. Acyclovir is often reserved for patients with more severe nerve injury, thus, it is important that you follow up with qualified medical personnel to monitor recovery. Read more...
ForWhomTheBellTolls. First, remember,most people get better,usually within a few weeks.Only a small number may have residual problems (weakness or twitches,etc).The milder the initial symptoms,the better the outcome.Tell your doctor if you've been bitten by a tick last summer. Make sure your eye is protected from irritation(wind, sun, while sleeping);use an eye patch if necessary. There's lots more, check the internet. Read more...
Bell's Palsy. has a good prognosis, as other docs have mentioned. I had it and recovered completely. Be ready for a few compassionate glances from folks who don't know what's happening. I had a PT do some electrical stimulation on my face to keep muscles loose but your doc will advice if that is needed or not. The PT also had me blowing up balloons. Peace and good health. Read more...
Suggesions. Sounds like you're on the right pathway. There are other reasons for facial paralysis. Most patients completely recover. If you are not recovering, seek evaluation by an ENT doc or neurologist. Read more...