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How do oral corticosteroids treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Oral corticosteroids such as prednisone are synthetic versions of hormones secreted by the adrenal gland. They are powerful drugs that can reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. 

Oral corticosteroids are effective for short-term relief of carpal tunnel symptoms. Oral corticosteroids, taken over a 3-month period, are not as effective as a single corticosteroid injection. 

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