Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a common symptom with which many people in the world suffer. Most of the medications for tinnitus relief help to assist the sufferer in controlling their own responses to the sounds of tinnitus, but rarely will medications resolve the tinnitus itself. Tinnitus is a symptom of an imbalance in the body or a medical condition with a root cause. Often, finding the right tinnitus cure is about discovering and treating the underlying cause in which case medications can be very helpful in bringing about the silence that tinnitus sufferers crave.
The most commonly prescribed drugs for the treatment of tinnitus are anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medications that might help reduce the severity of symptoms. It is difficult for most people to gain access to a prescription medication for tinnitus simply because they do not always work and some are considered to be addictive. People who are suffering from severe and chronic tinnitus are the best candidates for these medications for the purpose of treating their tinnitus. However, any person who is experiencing depression or elevated anxiety due to side-symptoms caused by tinnitus may be eligible for these medications.
Tell a doctor if you are feeling very depressed, losing sleep, are unable to go to sleep, are unable to function normally because of your tinnitus, or if you are experiencing extreme distress and stress because of tinnitus sounds. Stress, depression, and anxiety can make tinnitus worse and add other symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, and illnesses as the result of a depressed immune system. Eventually, tinnitus can cause people to feel hopeless and even suicidal in order to find some relief for their symptom and medications are available to help with these effects. It is important to treat both the physiological and psychological effects of tinnitus.
Vitamins and minerals that help medicate the causes of tinnitus may also be useful, as are hearing technologies that help a person ignore the sounds of tinnitus. It is best to explore many options in the treatment of tinnitus and patience is very important. It can take months for any one medication to work, even if you choose to try a vitamin supplement or hearing technology such as a tinnitus masker. With patience and a desire to find relief, it is possible to experience relief from tinnitus even if no cure for the underlying cause has been discovered.
The Kinds of Medications Used to Treat Tinnitus
The most effective medications in the treatment of tinnitus are those that treat the underlying cause of the symptom and may include everything from antibiotics to blood pressure medication and sugar control drugs to neurological medication. Treating the underlying cause is the most preferably way to treat tinnitus with medications, but the cause it often undiscovered in the some severe cases of tinnitus. In other cases, the cause may be known but is not considered “treatable”. In these cases, tinnitus medications can be prescribed to help a person better cope with the sound of tinnitus.
Tinnitus medications that are prescribed by a doctor are of the antidepressant and anti-anxiety variety. The most commonly prescribed medications are in the class “SSRI” or serotonin reuptake inhibitors and include popular antidepressant and anxiety medications such as Xanax and Niravam, both of which are brand names for the generic medication alprazolam. Doctors may also prescribe tricyclic antidepressants like nortiptyline and amitriptiline in relation to tinnitus treatments. Another promising medication treatment is known as acamprosate. This medication is used to treat alcoholism, but in Brazil some studies have shown that it dramatically reduces the severity (87%) of tinnitus. It is still being researched for use in the United States.
There are vitamins and minerals that can be used as tinnitus medications as well, including lipoflavonoid (a multi vitamin supplement) and b vitamins that help regulate and soothe the circulatory and nervous systems. Both magnesium and zinc minerals are notably deficient in many people with tinnitus that is ongoing, so a supplement can help. In either case, it is advisable that you speak with a doctor about the potential side effects and medication interactions before using supplements to treat tinnitus.