Tinnitus Guide

List of Drugs that Cause Tinnitus:
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Even though a large number of drugs or medications reportedly cause tinnitus, it would perhaps be fair to say that tinnitus occurs mostly as side effects that are associated with them. However, the fact remains that the number of drugs that cause tinnitus directly or indirectly proves immensely higher as compared to those that help its distressing symptoms. In some cases, the drug related tinnitus symptoms were discovered purely accidentally – the same way antibiotics were found out by Sir Alexander Fleming way back in 1928.

Later in 1944 when Streptomycin was discovered and used extensively to treat tuberculosis, which was a deadly disorder till then, an amazing drug reaction was reported by most of the patients. They complained of a buzzing tone in the ears as also of dizziness or some kind of instability accompanying it. Rather than ignoring these complains, they were investigated. Subsequent studies revealed that the treatment with Streptomycin had caused irreversible cochlear and vestibular disturbance in them which in simple language meant that they had suffered from a variety of hearing and vertigo related problems. Thus a new chapter was added to tinnitus causing drug families that became commonly known as ototoxic drugs.

Prescription Drugs That Cause Tinnitus: There Are Other Culprits Too

However, it soon became evident that Streptomycin was not the only offender. Ototoxicity could be linked to a host of other medications that included most of the aminoglycoside batch of antibiotics, platinum-based chemotherapy drugs, loop diuretics, quinine and salicylates that are household drugs for treating minor fevers or headache, and some more. In fact, all of these otherwise helpful drugs contain a relatively high measure of toxicity that is enough to affect the human cochleo/vestibular structure, that this is what caused the ringing tones in the ear as also the partial loss of hearing in so many people.

Since it would be a huge task to list the drugs that cause tinnitus (running in several pages when typed alphabetically), they have been arranged in groups with major subheads included therein as under.

  • Antibiotics that include Aminoglycosides, Erithromycin and Vancomycin that mostly consist of the ‘mycin’ group of medications such as streptomycin, neomycin, gantamycine, kanamycin as also newer derivatives of erythromycin comprising E-mycin, EES, Eryc, Pediazol, Biazine, Zithromax, Ilosone and a few other when administered intravenously in dosages of 2/4 grams/ 24 hours. However, it needs to be mentioned here that low oral doses are less toxic in nature. Vancomycin (Vincocin) given in solo dose or in combination with aminoglycosides are potentially ototoxic when administered intravenously.

  • Salicylates that comprise aspirin or aspirin related drugs that are commonly called NSAIDs and these include Advil, Anaprox, Advil, Aleve, Clinoril, Poradol, Indocin, Lodine, Naprosyn, Nuprine and a few more. The toxicity level with these grows with the consumption of 6/8 pills per day but fortunately, the symptoms are reversible with withdrawal of the medication.

  • Chemotherapy agents that include Cisplatin, Nitrogen Mustard and Vincristin when administered for treatment of cancer. Nevertheless, the ototoxicity can be controlled by steady monitoring of the blood toxicity level and serial audiograms, if performed at regular intervals. But the ototoxicity level often goes beyond tolerance when patients are already under some ototoxic medications like aminoglycosides or loop diuretics like Lasix or Bumex.

  • Loop diuretics that include Endecrin, Lasix and Bumex that are administered while treating acute renal failure or clinically perilous hypertension. The only brighter side of this therapy relates to oral administration of the medications that do not prove so ototoxic. Taking advantage of this safety feature, doctors prefer giving oral doses to patients who are suffering from chronic kidney failure.

  • Anti-malarial drugs that include Quinine in its various forms and derivatives. However, the ototoxicity in quinine is reversible when the medication is withdrawn.

  • Muscle relaxants or drugs that control night cramps are also ototoxic in nature. Atabrine, Aralen, Q-Vel, Legatrin and a few more falls under this category.

However, research is still under way to figure out the ototoxicity levels of newly found drugs that are coming out regularly for the benefit of mankind and to cure the incurables. 

The Best Tinnitus Treatment

The irony of conventional medications is that, while they try to cure one ailment, very often, they give rise to another. Yes, in almost all the cases, there are side effects and tinnitus is one such. And the worst news is that, tinnitus cannot be cured with the conventional approach and this is because, with this approach, just the symptoms of the disease are treated, and not its root causes. This is precisely why you must turn to holistic remedies because in this, the body is treated as a whole to find out all the contributing root causes of tinnitus and also its triggers. Having found them, holistic remedies suggest remedies that can cure the disease effectively and for good. And when the root causes are gone, the symptoms go away naturally . This is why holistic remedies work so well for curing tinnitus.

List Of Drugs That Cause Tinnitus

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