There are some drugs that help tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Tinnitus treatment can be tricky, though. Many different things can cause tinnitus and the best treatment depends on the cause. In many cases, doctors cannot determine the cause of the condition at all, which makes treatment difficult. You should know that drugs that help tinnitus only help in certain cases; when tinnitus is caused by something like a head injury, hearing loss, a blood vessel aneurism or a tumor, drugs are unlikely to help.
You should also know that some drugs actually make tinnitus worse or cause tinnitus in some people, including high doses of aspirin, some antibiotics, some cancer drugs, diuretics (water pills) and some drugs used to treat malaria. If you take any of these medications and experience ringing in your ears, talk to your doctor about whether you could use a different medication instead. Donít stop taking your medication without talking to your doctor, though.
Before going over the tinnitus treatment options, lets first discuss prevention.
Itís difficult to prevent tinnitus in many cases but the Mayo Clinic recommends the following steps:
In addition, you should see a doctor if you develop tinnitus to see if there is anything that can be done in your case to prevent the condition from worsening.
Drugs that help tinnitus include tricyclic antidepressants, a type of antidepressant not prescribed too often for the treatment of depression these days. Doctors donít prescribe them too often for depression anymore because there are newer antidepressants available that often work better for depression and that have fewer side effects. Other types of antidepressants arenít particularly effective for tinnitus treatment, though.
The problem with tricyclic antidepressants is that they donít really cure tinnitus, they just relieve symptoms for some people (not all people) when they take the drugs. In addition, they can cause a number of troublesome side effects such as dry mouth, sexual dysfunction, constipation, nausea, weight gain, extreme drowsiness, blurred vision, confusion, rapid heartbeat, low blood pressure and dizziness.
Other drugs that help tinnitus for some people include minor tranquilizers like xanax. Tranquilizers can be habit forming, though, so they should be used with caution and only under the careful supervision of a physician.
Occasionally tinnitus is caused by high blood pressure, in which case medications to lower blood pressure can be an important component of treatment. Diet and exercise also help reduce blood pressure.
See a doctor if you want to try drugs that help tinnitus. Always see a doctor right away if you suffer a blow to the head followed by ringing in the ears or if you have ringing in the ears accompanied by other symptoms like confusion, personality changes, trouble walking or trouble speaking. Talk to your doctor about the best tinnitus treatment for you.
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