Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (cont.)
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Medicine may relieve swelling, inflammation, and pain in the wrist or hand caused by 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) are the most commonly used medicines for carpal tunnel syndrome. They relieve pain and inflammation and are available with or without a prescription. They may take a few weeks to improve symptoms. 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 an effective treatment option when NSAIDs don't effectively relieve pain and inflammation.1 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 doctor.
What to think about
Medicine should be used with other measures (such as ice, rest, and splints) to reduce pain and inflammation.
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