Underrecongnized use of oral B-12 for Bell's palsy
The article, "Recent development in Bell's Palsy" did not mention the
use of oral B-12 for Bell's palsy. I thought to now bring this to wider
I discovered this treatment when about 6 years ago a patient called
me describing symptoms of Bell's Palsy. Since to my understanding the efficacy of prednisone
was slow and uncertain, I went to look at the available research on
PubMed. I found this article,in Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol.
Oct;17(8):539-44.1995,Methylcobalamin treatment of Bell's palsy by MA
Jalaludin. A daily 5 milligram dose of oral methylcobalamin was shown to
be useful in a controlled trial.
I suggested that this use, as compared with the results of the recent
therapy studies using prednosisone &/or acyclovir, seemed superior. Symptoms were gone by the end of a week.
Subsequently we have used oral B-12 with about 6 other paitents. Only one
failed to resolve guickly and completely on this regimen.
I urge others to consider this easy, cheap, non-toxic rememdy, and
for researchers to investigate this further.
Competing interests: No competing interests