Medicine may relieve swelling,
inflammation, and pain in the wrist or hand related to carpal tunnel syndrome. Reducing
swelling in the wrist will relieve pressure on the
median nerve in the carpal tunnel and relieve your symptoms.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may relieve pain
and inflammation and are available with or without a prescription. They work best if your tendon is inflamed. NSAIDS don't relieve pressure on the medium nerve, but they may make you feel better.
Corticosteroids may be a
treatment option when NSAIDs don't effectively relieve pain and
inflammation. But these are powerful
anti-inflammatory medicines. They have side effects that should be considered.
Corticosteroids can be taken in pill form or injected into the wrist by a
What to think about
Medicine should be used with
other measures (such as ice, rest, and splints) to reduce pain and
- Usually aren't used until nonsurgical
treatments (such as rest, ice, splints, or anti-inflammatory medicines) have
been tried for several weeks with no improvement.
- Often provide
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