Prompt treatment of Ramsay Hunt syndrome can ease pain and decrease your risk of long-term complications. Medications may include:
- Antiviral drugs. Medications such as acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir) or valacyclovir (Valtrex) often help combat the chickenpox virus.
- Corticosteroids. A short regimen of high-dose prednisone appears to boost the effect of antiviral drugs in Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
- Anti-anxiety medications. Drugs such as diazepam (Valium) can help relieve vertigo.
- Pain relievers. The pain associated with Ramsay Hunt syndrome can be severe. Prescription pain medications may be needed.
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