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Medications for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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by Polsdorfer R
  Prescription MedicationsOver-the-counter Medications
The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Only the most general side effects are included. Ask your doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medications as recommended by your doctor, or according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
Medicines for carpal tunnel syndrome are prescribed to reduce swelling in the carpal tunnel. Two different kinds of medicine may be effective. Both medicines are aimed at reducing inflammation, a primary cause of swelling in this area.
Glucocorticoids (cortisone-like drugs, steroids)
  • Prednisone
  • Prednisolone
  • Triamcinolone (Aristocort, Kenacort)
  • Dexamethasone (Decadron)
  • Indomethacin (Indocin)
  • Naproxen (Naprosyn, Anaprox)
  • Celecoxib (Celebrex)
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)
  • Piroxicam (Feldene)
  • Sulindac (Clinoril)

Prescription Medications



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