If you suffer from ringing in the ears, you must be interested in a cure for tinnitus. There are medications that can help some people with the condition but unfortunately tinnitus medication doesnít work for everyone and it can have unpleasant side effects. The American Tinnitus Association says that 12 million Americans suffer from ringing in the ears bad enough to drive them to seek medical treatment, and the constant ringing sound causes many people to develop insomnia, anxiety and depression. Many feel desperate for a cure for tinnitus.
Itís difficult to prevent tinnitus and in fact, doctors often donít know what causes the condition. However, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders reports that excessive exposure to loud noises can lead to tinnitus as well as hearing loss, so you should use ear plugs or other hearing protection devices when working around noisy equipment or other sources of loud noise. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders also says that more than 200 different medications can cause tinnitus, so discuss potential side effects of any prescription drugs with your doctor.
A cure for tinnitus is not always available. It depends on the cause of the condition, which can vary from case to case. For instance, in rare cases a tumor causes the condition, which must be surgically removed. Occasionally high blood pressure causes a roaring sound in the ears and it can be treated with medication and a special diet. In these cases, sometimes there is a cure for tinnitus. However, doctors often donít know what causes the problem or how to cure it.
Tinnitus medication may help even if doctors cannot pinpoint the cause of the problem. Most commonly, doctors prescribe tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline, desipramine, nortriptyline, imipramine and doxepin. Sometimes doctors prescribe anti-anxiety medication like xanax.
The problem with tinnitus medication is that it can have very unpleasant side effects. For instance, common side effects of tricyclic antidepressants include dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, headaches, nausea, blurred vision, dizziness and weight gain. Side effects of xanax include drowsiness, dizziness, depression, dry mouth, constipation and blurred vision. In addition, xanax can be habit forming and may cause withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it.
These medications are not a cure for tinnitus. They just relieve symptoms for some people that take them. If people stop taking the drugs, the tinnitus returns. They do not help everyone with the condition.
Some people with tinnitus develop anxiety or depression due to the stress of living with the condition. They may benefit from antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication even if it does not stop the ringing in their ears because it can help with the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Another class of antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, may be preferable to tricyclic antidepressants in this case since they tend to have fewer side effects.
If you experience ringing in the ears after a blow to the head or if the ringing in your ears is accompanied by other symptoms like impaired speech or difficulty walking, see a doctor right away. Otherwise, see a doctor if tinnitus causes you much distress. Ask your doctor if tinnitus medication might be right for you. If you prefer to use homeopathic remedies, you can discuss those with your doctor as well.
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