In some cases, various medications can ease the pain and swelling associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms that have been present for a short time or have been caused by strenuous activity may be eased by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as:
Oral diuretics ("water pills") can also decrease swelling.
Corticosteroids such as prednisone, injected directly into the wrist or taken by mouth, can relieve pressure on the median nerve and provide immediate, temporary relief to persons with mild or intermittent symptoms. (Caution: persons with diabetes and those predisposed to diabetes should note that prolonged use of corticosteroids can make it difficult to regulate insulin levels, they should not be taken without a doctor's prescription.)
Additionally, some studies show that vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) supplements may ease carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.
Stretching and strengthening exercises can be helpful in people whose symptoms have abated. These exercises may be supervised by a physical therapist, who is trained to use exercises to treat physical impairments, or an occupational therapist, who is trained in evaluating people with physical impairments and helping them build skills to improve their health and well-being.