Medicine is often used to treat symptoms
carpal tunnel syndrome. Medicine may relieve swelling,
inflammation, and pain in the wrist or hand. Reducing
swelling in the wrist will relieve pressure on the
median nerve in the carpal tunnel and relieve carpal
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the
most commonly used medicines for carpal tunnel syndrome. NSAIDs relieve pain
and inflammation and are available with or without a prescription. But a review
of research suggests that NSAID treatment for 2 and 4 weeks may not improve
carpal tunnel symptoms. NSAIDs may be most effective if the tendon is
inflamed.1 Although studies
have not shown NSAIDs to be effective for carpal tunnel syndrome, they may help
relieve your symptoms.
It is possible that the main title of the report Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Corticosteroids may be an effective
treatment option when NSAIDs do not effectively relieve pain and
inflammation.1 But corticosteroids are powerful
anti-inflammatory medicines and have side effects that should be considered.
Corticosteroids can be taken in pill form or injected into the wrist by a
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Medicine should be used with
other measures (such as ice, rest, and splints) to reduce pain and
Usually are not used until nonsurgical
treatments (such as rest, ice, splints, and anti-inflammatory medicines) have
been tried for several weeks with no improvement.
temporary relief (for several weeks or more). Injected corticosteroids usually
provide longer-lasting results than those taken by mouth (oral). But oral or
injected medicines rarely provide permanent relief from carpal tunnel
Must be used with caution because both oral and injected
forms have potentially serious side effects.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 21, 2010
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