Tinnitus Guide

Can Prescription Drugs Cause Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is considered to be a symptomatic manifestation of a disease that can happen because of many factors. Plus, there are many triggers too that set off the disease. Some of the causative factors that give rise to tinnitus include exposure to loud noise, Acoustic neuroma, Meniere’s disease, Atherosclerosis, Arteriovenous malformation, tumor in the head or neck region, Senility and many more. Patients affected by tinnitus usually resort to any of the three things – (a). Adopt a wait and watch policy to see if the symptoms go away on their own; (b). Go for herbal medications, and (c). Try homeopathy and, failing all that, consult a medical doctor and start taking prescription drugs in the hope of curing their agonizing tinnitus sounds. But this last recourse often put them on one of the most unenviable positions. 

Do You Know That Prescription Drugs Cause Harm In Tinnitus?

To be honest about it, no drug alone can cure tinnitus. As a matter of fact, most of them cause more harm instead of providing relief. And the degree of damage could sometimes be fairly devastating. For instance, certain types of antibiotics can create irreversible cochlear and vestibular problem in many patients from which resurgence proves difficult. This in plain language means that they suffer from more varied hearing and vertigo related problems that are difficult to solve. Studies have further shown that apart from the amino glycoside group of antibiotics that are responsible for the above noted evils, quinine, loop diuretics, platinum-based chemotherapy and even salicylates that are usually prescribed to treat minor fevers carry relatively high levels of toxicity that have far reaching effects on the human cochlleo-vestibulate system. Termed ototoxic, these medications are toxic, i.e. harmful to the cochlea which is a significant component of the human hearing mechanism and vestibular that maintains equilibrium or balance in the human body. So much so that they can cause irreversible tinnitus, loss of hearing as well as disequilibrium, giving rise to vertigo, dizziness and related conditions.

However, it remains a mystery as to why doctors prescribe such medications, knowing it fully well that they may prove potentially harmful to their patients. One of the reasons that are likely to justify the action taken by the medicos revolves round the fact that the toxicity of all the medical formulations is not similar – some higher as compared to others that are relatively not so unsafe. Perhaps the less hazardous medications are prescribed on the presumption that the inherent curative power of the drug would provide the desired relief long before its toxicity finds its way to vitiate the blood. The other reason behind prescribing an ototoxic prescription drug could be compulsion. Chemotherapy drugs are prescribed to prevent cancer which is a life-threatening disease. Had there been another option, doctors would surely have gone for it. However, to counteract these reactions, patients are often given steroids and antihistamines in addition with chemo drugs.

Even though ongoing research on drug toxicity may provide the medical fraternity with medications that are high in curative value and low in toxicity, the situation as it stands today is pretty grim. On the one hand many of them are toxic, and on the other, they are not very effective in tinnitus as well. In fact, six categories of medications have been identified as toxic in nature and currently in use comprise the following:

  • Non-steroid Ant-inflammatory prescription drugs (NSAIDs) that may cause tinnitus include Advil, Anaprox, Clinoril, Mortin, Indocain, Lodine, Naflon, Nuprine, Naprosyn, Felfdin and a few others not listed here.

  • Aspirin and/or Aspirin - related prescription drugs that may cause tinnitus include Salicylates in various forms. 

  • Antibiotics that include Erythromycin, Aminoglycosides, Vancomycin and other ‘mycin’ group of medications.

  • Loop Diuretics that cause tinnitus includes Bumex, Endecrin, Lasix.

  • Chemotherapy agents that may cause tinnitus include Cisplatin, Vincristine, Nitrogen mustard.

  • Anti-Malarial drugs and muscle relaxing drugs that cause tinnitus includes Quinine, Atabrine, Aralen, Q-Vel and a few more not listed here.

However, it might be noted here that the effect of medications may vary greatly from one person to another. Studies conducted recently indicated that out of 99 women treated with chemotherapy agent for breast cancer, only 23 had developed tinnitus directly as a result of that treatment. The case is also true with NSAIDs that are widely used for pain, inflammation and fever in most households. However, 23 out of 99 people are still a high number, and if we consider the other side effects they can cause, then the situation becomes quite alarming.

So all things considered, it is best to turn to holistic remedies to get a cure from tinnitus. While conventional medication treat just the symptoms , holistic remedies first try to find out its root causes and only them suggest the solution. And once the root causes are gone, the symptoms go away on their own. This is why holistic remedies work so much better than conventional drugs to cure tinnitus permanently and quickly.

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