Pain Management for Tinnitus Patients | Arches Tinnitus Formula (2023)

By Barry Keate
Barry Keate, has lived with tinnitus over 40 years and has published 150+ research articles on numerous aspects of tinnitus. He is an expert on the condition and a well-known advocate for those with tinnitus.

Inflammation causes pain, and reducing inflammation reduces the pain. There are several ways to manage chronic inflammatory pain but the most common is the use of over-the-counter pain medications. These are typically of the class called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). But can these medications cause or worsen tinnitus and what other options are available? This article will discuss the risks and benefits of different therapies for pain management for people with tinnitus.

NSAIDs, Acetaminophen, and Tinnitus

There are many different NSAIDs in different categories but the prominent ones are aspirin, ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (e.g. Aleve). NSAIDs are usually used for the treatment of acute or chronic conditions where pain and inflammation are present. These conditions include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, pain due to inflammation and tissue injury, low back pain, headache, migraine, and others.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by our readers is which of these medications will not increase tinnitus. Unfortunately, the answer is that every one of them has hearing loss and tinnitus listed as potential side effects. This does not mean that everyone using them will develop or worsen tinnitus but the risk is there. Higher use correlates with a higher potential of developing these side effects. For some people tinnitus caused by these medications is temporary while for others, it can become permanent. There is no way to know which will occur.

Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) is an antipyretic, a popular subcategory of NSAIDs. They are particularly meant to decrease the fever by lowering body temperature and not considered a “true” NSAID because it has little anti-inflammatory activity. Acetaminophen works primarily in the brain to block pain messages and seems to influence the parts of the brain that help reduce fever. That means it can help relieve headaches and minor pain but it’s not as effective against pain associated with inflammation.

The risk is much reduced for those who only use painkillers occasionally. I am very lucky in that I don’t have chronic pain such as caused by arthritis, lower back pain or injuries. When I do take pain medication it is usually for a short period. My own personal experience is that I can take a couple of aspirin with no ill effects. I cannot take even a small dose of ibuprofen because it dramatically increases my tinnitus for several hours. I can tolerate acetaminophen well but there are other problems associated with this medication.

Acetaminophen is toxic to the liver in high doses. The most common cause of acute liver failure in the US is from acetaminophen. It accounts for more than 100,000 calls to poison centers, roughly 60,000 emergency room visits and hundreds of deaths in the US each year. (1) Severe liver damage can occur if over 4,000 mg is taken in a 24-hour period and it is recommended to stay well below this maximum amount.

Treating Fever Update:

During the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of doctors are advising their patients to take Tylenol (i.e. acetaminophen) for fever. This has prompted many questions about using a possibly ototoxic medication for fever if it might increase tinnitus. My answer to this is that while acetaminophen is considered ototoxic, it is on the lower end of the spectrum in how often it causes damage to hearing. Most people will not experience increased tinnitus if they keep the dosage low. Increased dosage will bring an increased risk of hearing damage and potential liver problems.

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) can be used to decrease this risk. NAC is an inexpensive and powerful antioxidant that protects hearing and the liver. In fact, when people present in the emergency room with liver problems related to acetaminophen, NAC is the drug used to reverse the damage. NAC is an over-the-counter medication and taking 1,000 mg twice daily will protect both the ears and the liver. It is still advisable to keep the total acetaminophen dosage below 2,500 mg per day.

Aspirin, Hearing Loss, and Tinnitus

Aspirin is most likely to cause hearing loss and tinnitus at the higher daily doses often taken for chronic pain, such as arthritis. Some people may take 8 to 12 tablets a day for arthritic pain. Aspirin’s potential effect on hearing was first recognized soon after the drug was synthesized more than a century ago. In fact tinnitus and hearing loss are among the side effects sometimes listed in tiny print on the label.

A very recent study, published in the Jan. 2015 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery consisted of a systematic review of other studies involving 185,155 participants who were regular users of aspirin. It found that those taking 6 full strength aspirin (325 mg) or more per day was associated with worse audiometric results. Participants lost between 4 and 112 dB in hearing. The effect was dose dependent and reversible in the short term. (2)

A large Harvard study of middle-aged female nurses, the Nurses’ Health Study II, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that those who took ibuprofen or acetaminophen on most days of the week had a 20% increased risk of hearing loss and tinnitus. (3)

So, if no over-the counter pain medications are totally safe to use, especially by those who already have tinnitus, what is one to do to relieve pain? What about prescription pain medication?

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Prescription Opioid Pain Medications and Tinnitus

As with NSAIDs, there are literally hundreds of variations on these medications. The most popular and widely used of this group are hydrocodone, oxycodone and tramadol. They all can cause hearing loss and tinnitus on their own but are generally prescribed in combination with NSAIDs which compounds the issue.

Hydrocodone with acetaminophen (Vicodin, Norco, Lortab) is the most frequently prescribed painkiller in the US. Other popular painkillers are oxycodone with acetaminophen (Oxycontin) and tramadol (Ultram). Hydrocodone and oxycodone are also available with ibuprofen instead of acetaminophen.

As with NSAIDs taken individually, the probability of hearing loss and tinnitus is dependent upon dosage; longer term use leads to a higher percentage of potential hearing damage.

When I occasionally have need of prescription pain relief, I have good results using the generic form of Norco, hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Others may have a completely different experience. But again, each individual must be very careful to keep the acetaminophen dosage below its toxic level.

There are alternative ways to manage pain without resorting to ototoxic drugs. The rest of this article will address these therapies.

Dietary Changes and Inflammation

Dietary changes can make a big difference in the amount of inflammation in our bodies. These changes may or may not totally eliminate chronic pain from inflammation but, at the very least, they will significantly reduce inflammation and the need for pain medication.

Neil Bauman, PhD, has written an excellent paper: Reducing Inflammation Without Taking Ototoxic Drugs. (4) In this paper, Dr. Bauman lists the 10 worst and 10 best foods for reducing inflammation. I think this list is important enough to include here:

The 10 Worst Inflammatory Foods (reduce or eliminate consumption);

-Desserts made with lots of sugar,

-Sweetened cereals,

-White carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, white potatoes, etc.),

-Non-diet soft drinks,

-Anything with high-fructose corn syrup,

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-Processed meats (bologna, salami, hotdogs, sausage, etc.),

-Fried snack foods (French fries, potato chips, etc.),

-Fast foods, especially the high-fat, high-calorie, high-simple carb foods found in most fast food restaurants,

-Margarine, because it leads to atherosclerosis and fatty deposit diseases,

-Organ meats such as liver because they contain antibiotics, fertilizers and other residues.

The 10 Best Inflammatory Foods (increase consumption);

-Wild salmon, mackerel and other high omega-3 fatty-acid fish,

-Berries,

-Green, leafy vegetables (spinach and kale),

-Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc.),

-Deeply pigmented produce, such as sweet potatoes, eggplant and pomegranate, along with carrots plums, oranges, peppers, peas and red grapes,

-Nuts,

-Whole grains,

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-Tea – specifically black, green and white teas,

-Cold-pressed fresh oils, especially avocado, flaxseed and olive oils,

-Spices, especially garlic, ginger, turmeric, saffron.

An additional tip is to eat slowly and deliberately. Chewing food completely reduces the inflammation index of the food while wolfing it down increases it.

Dr. Bauman concludes with some sage advice. Making drastic lifestyle changes is difficult and prone to failure. He suggests people start slow and begin by substituting one of the foods in the worst list with one of the foods in the best list. As people continue this gradual dietary change, over time most of the inflammatory foods will be removed and the person should be feeling much better.

Omega-3 Fish Oil for Inflammation and Pain

Fish oil, high in Omega-3 fatty acids, is at the top of the list of the 10 best inflammatory foods. The reason for this is that many clinical trials have shown fish oil to be a powerful anti-inflammatory food. Omega-3 acids are termed Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) because the body must have them to survive but does not produce them on its own. They must be obtained from the diet or supplementation.

The two primary Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These are responsible for the many health benefits of consuming fish oil.

A clinical study published in the American College of Nutrition in 2002 shows how Omega-3s are effective in the management of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. It found that use of Omega-3 fatty acids, “…in chronic inflammatory diseases reveal significant benefit, including decreased disease activity and a lowered use of anti-inflammatory drugs.” (5)

The same study found benefit for a number of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases including, coronary artery disease, major depression, aging, cancer, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, lupus, MS and migraine headaches.

Normal dosages for supplemental fatty acids are 1 – 3 grams per day of combined EPA and DHA to combat inflammation. In order to treat major depression research suggests the dosage should be 3 – 10 grams per day. Fish oil supplements can be purchased at any health food store in capsule form or as natural oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids may totally relieve a lot of inflammatory conditions. At the very least they will help control the discomfort and lead to a large reduction in the need for pain medication.

There is much more to discuss about the health benefits of Omega-3 fish oil. Interested readers should review our article, Omega-3s, Inflammation and Tinnitus.

Other Alternative Pain Remedies for Individuals with Tinnitus

This list and discussion of pain therapies comes from the paper “Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain” published by WebMD. (6)

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Acupuncture – Once seen as bizarre by most medicine practitioners in the West, acupuncture is rapidly becoming a mainstream treatment for pain. Studies have shown that it works for pain caused by many conditions, including fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, back pain and sports injuries.

Acupuncture is based on the principal that all people have energy called “qi” (pronounced chee) flowing in their bodies along specific meridians. If this energy is not balanced, or is blocked in some locations, the results are pain and disease. Acupuncture is the practice of releasing this energy and freeing the blockages.

Acupuncture can also be helpful for treating tinnitus. Michael Seidman, MD has stated that acupuncture can help up to 40% of tinnitus patients and can be used when other treatments fail. Interested readers can see our article on Acupuncture and Tinnitus.

Yoga – There is evidence that yoga can relieve many kinds of pain, such as fibromyalgia, neck and back pain and arthritis. Yoga also causes the production of GABA in the brain. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that produces a feeling of calm and wellbeing. GABA is also helpful for the reduction of tinnitus as readers can see in our article How Yoga Increases GABA and Improves Tinnitus.

Biofeedback – This discipline teaches people how to control normally unconscious bodily functions like blood pressure and heart rate. Studies have found it can help with headaches, fibromyalgia and other conditions. As is the case with the above two pain relief measures, biofeedback can also be helpful for tinnitus, as seen in our article Biofeedback and Neurofeedback: Tools to Reduce Tinnitus.

Capsaicin – This is a natural ingredient found in chili peppers. It is available as on over-the-counter cream in most pharmacies. Capsaicin (pronounced cap-say’-sin) reduces the pain and inflammation from arthritis and other causes by warming the skin and blocking pain messages to the brain. It is hot and will produce a burning sensation if it touches the face or eyes. It is very important to wear gloves during application or to wash hands thoroughly afterward.

Mental Health Therapy – Some people with chronic pain reject the idea of seeing a therapist. They think this indicates their pain isn’t real. But depression and chronic pain often go together. Chronic pain can cause or worsen depression and depression can lower a person’s tolerance to pain. Therapy from a trained and licensed specialist can sometimes be a great help for people with chronic pain.

Exercise – Regular physical activity has big benefits for people with many painful conditions. Many studies have found that physical activity can help relieve chronic pain, as well as boost energy and mood.

If you have chronic pain due to an inflammatory condition and are concerned about worsening your tinnitus, don’t reach into the medicine cabinet for a pain reliever. Try one or more of the above therapies. Your ears will be thankful.

References:

1 – http://www.drugwatch.com/tylenol/

2 – Kyle ME, Wang J, Shin J. Ubiquitous Aspirin: A Systematic Review of Its Impact on Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 20152015, Vol. 152(1)23-41.

3 – Curhan S, Shargorodsky J, Eavey R, Curhan G. Analgesic Use and the Risk of Hearing Loss in Women, Am. J. Epidemiol. (2012), August 29, 2012.

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4 – https://hearinglosshelp.com/blog/reducing-inflammation-without-taking-ototoxic-drugs/

5 – Simopoulos AP. Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Inflammation and Autoimmune Diseases, J Am Coll Nutr. 2002 Dec;21(6):495-505.

6 – http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/chronic-pain-11/alternative-treatment.

FAQs

What can I take for pain with tinnitus? ›

Medications for Tinnitus

For some, treatment with low doses of anti-anxiety drugs -- such as Valium or antidepressants such as Elavil -- help reduce tinnitus. The use of a steroid placed into the middle ear along with an anti-anxiety medicine called alprazolam has been shown to be effective for some people.

How do I relax with tinnitus? ›

It's a simple concept: background noise can offer temporary relief by drowning out the sound of your tinnitus. Any background noise that you find relaxing or enjoyable can work. Nature sounds, music, podcasts, radio, TV, or other forms of “white noise” (a constant ambient sound) are all great options.

Can I live a normal life with tinnitus? ›

While it has no clear cure or cause, it affects millions of people in the world on some level and can be challenging to cope with. Thankfully, it's entirely possible to live a normal life even with tinnitus.

How much gabapentin should I take for tinnitus? ›

The usual effective total daily dose is 900 to 3600 mg, administered in 3 divided doses per day; higher doses may be needed. Bauer and Brozoski32 developed an animal psychophysical model to reflect several features of tinnitus observed in humans and to test the impact of gabapentin.

Does gabapentin stop tinnitus? ›

Conclusion: Gabapentin is effective in reducing subjective and objective aspects of tinnitus in some individuals, with the best therapeutic response obtained in individuals with associated acoustic trauma.

Do painkillers make tinnitus worse? ›

Swedish audiologist warning people with tinnitus that many common painkillers may aggravate their hearing problem. If you suffer from tinnitus you should avoid painkillers with acetyl salicylic acid. They may aggravate your tinnitus condition.

How do I train my brain to ignore tinnitus? ›

(Reuters Health) - A sound-emitting device worn in the ear during sleep may train the brain to ignore an annoying chronic ringing in the ears, a new study suggests.

What is the best homeopathic remedy for tinnitus? ›

Primary Remedies
  • Calcarea carbonica. When this remedy is indicated, tinnitus may be experienced alone or with vertigo. ...
  • Chininum sulphuricum. ...
  • Graphites. ...
  • Lycopodium. ...
  • Carbo vegetabilis. ...
  • China (also called Cinchona officinalis) ...
  • Cimicifuga. ...
  • Coffea cruda.

What helps tinnitus go away naturally? ›

10 Tinnitus Remedies to Try at Home
  • Manage stress levels. ...
  • Quit smoking. ...
  • Take time to relax each day. ...
  • Reduce alcohol consumption. ...
  • Take time to relax each day. ...
  • Download a sound therapy app. ...
  • Mask the noise. ...
  • Try hearing protection products.

Does tinnitus affect the brain? ›

Tinnitus causes changes in brain networks

Though it sounds positive, in the long term, it can negatively impact the brain. In a study by researchers at the University of Illinois, they found that chronic tinnitus has been linked to changes in certain networks in the brain.

Is tinnitus a brain problem? ›

Tinnitus could be the result of the brain's neural circuits trying to adapt to the loss of sensory hair cells by turning up the sensitivity to sound. This would explain why some people with tinnitus are oversensitive to loud noise.

How should you sleep with tinnitus? ›

Your Tucson audiologist recommends the following strategies for getting a good night's sleep when you are dealing with tinnitus.
  1. Sound masking. ...
  2. Establish a bedtime routine. ...
  3. Learn to relax. ...
  4. Turn off electronic devices. ...
  5. Darken your bedroom. ...
  6. Lower the thermostat. ...
  7. Limit caffeine after lunchtime. ...
  8. Don't just toss and turn.
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How much gabapentin can you take a day for nerve pain? ›

The usual dose to treat nerve pain in adults is 900mg to 3,600mg a day, split into 3 doses.

What does gabapentin do to your head? ›

Gabapentin works in the brain to prevent seizures and relieve pain for certain conditions in the nervous system. It is not used for routine pain caused by minor injuries or arthritis. Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant. This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Which antihistamine is best for tinnitus? ›

Medications can help reduce tinnitus symptoms caused by allergies.
...
Some types of antihistamines that have been used to treat tinnitus in people with allergies include:
  • chlorpheniramine.
  • meclizine.
  • terfenadine.
27 Jun 2022

Is there a pill for tinnitus? ›

Drugs can't cure tinnitus, but in some cases they may help reduce the severity of symptoms or complications. To help relieve your symptoms, your doctor may prescribe medication to treat an underlying condition or to help treat the anxiety and depression that often accompany tinnitus.

What are the latest treatments for tinnitus? ›

"Earlier trials have found white noise, goal-based counselling, goal-oriented games and other technology-based therapies are effective for some people some of the time," says Dr Searchfield.

Is Xanax prescribed for tinnitus? ›

Xanax has been used to treat tinnitus symptoms and may work by reducing the anxiety and distress it causes. Unfortuately Xanax is potentially habit forming and can cause sedation and memory loss.

What pain reliever does not cause tinnitus? ›

However, frequent low-dose aspirin (≤100 mg) was not associated with elevated risk of developing tinnitus. Frequent use of NSAIDs or acetaminophen was associated with an almost 20 percent higher risk of developing tinnitus, and the magnitudes of the elevated risks tended to be greater with more frequent use.

What medications should be avoided with tinnitus? ›

Medications that can cause tinnitus
  • Aspirin and other NSAIDs. ...
  • Benzodiazepines. ...
  • Tricyclic antidepressants. ...
  • Certain antibiotics. ...
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane) ...
  • Loop diuretics. ...
  • Beta blockers. ...
  • ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers.
22 Apr 2022

What tablets make tinnitus worse? ›

The list includes antibiotics, antidepressants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cancer drugs, diuretics, and high doses of aspirin. Usually the higher the dose, the greater your chance of problems. Often if you stop taking it, your symptoms will go away.

Can tight neck muscles cause tinnitus? ›

Can tinnitus and ringing in ears be caused by neck problems? The answer is yes. Clinically speaking it is called cervical tinnitus. In practice, these are whistles and ringing perceived in the ear in conjunction with the emergence of cervical pain and neck problems.

Does tinnitus lead to dementia? ›

Our findings showed that pre-existing tinnitus is associated with a 1.675-fold increase in the risk of early-onset dementia among the young and middle-aged population.

Will I ever get used to my tinnitus? ›

There may not be a cure, but lasting relief is entirely possible. Thanks to a mental process called habituation, you can get to a place where your tinnitus stops bothering you entirely, where your brain just stops paying attention to it and it fades from your awareness.

What vitamins should I take for tinnitus? ›

The link between tinnitus and vitamins for ear health

That said, magnesium has shown potential in relieving tinnitus symptoms' severity. A healthy supply of magnesium keeps the blood vessels relaxed, allowing adequate blood to flow throughout the body, including the inner ear.

What is the fastest natural remedy for tinnitus? ›

This article will explore a variety of remedies from sound-based therapies to lifestyle changes that can help you manage tinnitus and improve your quality of life.
...
Sound-masking devices
  1. white noise.
  2. pink noise.
  3. nature noises.
  4. music.
  5. other ambient sounds.

What herb is good for tinnitus? ›

Despite this, Ginkgo biloba is the most commonly used herbal supplement for tinnitus (Hall 2011).

How can I stop tinnitus permanently? ›

Exercise. Exercise is a key way to manage stress, and is good for both your brain and body. If your tinnitus is related to high blood pressure, increasing your activity level can help get your blood pressure under better control and reduce tinnitus. Just be careful if you go to a gym with loud music.

Does Vicks cure tinnitus? ›

Online bloggers and several websites have recently started to tout the use of Vicks for conditions affecting the ear, such as tinnitus, earaches, and earwax buildup. There's no research indicating that Vicks is effective for any of these uses.

Can olive oil cure tinnitus? ›

Tinnitus symptoms are often caused by a buildup of ear wax and if this is the cause of your issue, preventing the buildup of wax can provide natural, at home relief. Use 1 or 2 drops of olive oil once or twice a week to prevent wax build-up and keep it moving naturally out of the ear.

Can a brain scan show tinnitus? ›

An MRI scan may reveal a growth or tumor near the ear or the eighth cranial nerve that could be causing tinnitus. Imaging tests can also help doctors evaluate pulsatile tinnitus. They can show changes in the blood vessels near the ears and determine whether an underlying medical condition is causing symptoms.

What are 3 causes of tinnitus? ›

Common causes of tinnitus
  • Hearing loss. There are tiny, delicate hair cells in your inner ear (cochlea) that move when your ear receives sound waves. ...
  • Ear infection or ear canal blockage. ...
  • Head or neck injuries. ...
  • Medications.

Can tinnitus affect your eyes? ›

Headache, Seizures, And Blurred Vision Come With Tinnitus Noises.

When should I see a neurologist for tinnitus? ›

if your tinnitus continues beyond a week, becomes bothersome, starts to interfere with your sleep and/or your concentration, or makes you depressed or anxious, seek medical attention from a trained healthcare professional.

What brain chemical causes tinnitus? ›

His experiments showed that tinnitus is correlated with lower levels of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), but not with changes in the excitatory neurotransmitters.

What neurological causes tinnitus? ›

Neurologic causes include head injury, whiplash, multiple sclerosis, vestibular schwannoma (commonly called an acoustic neuroma), and other cerebellopontine-angle tumors.

What makes tinnitus worse at night? ›

Why does tinnitus seem worse at night? During the evening or night hours, ambient sounds and noises are less or are considerably reduced, making the tinnitus seem more intense than during the day.

What position is best for tinnitus? ›

Try sleeping with your head propped up in an elevated position. This lessens head congestion and may make noises less noticeable. Protecting your ears and hearing from further damage. Avoid loud places and sounds.

Can your pillow cause tinnitus? ›

For some patients, anything that causes torsion of the neck, such as using a pillow at night, bending the neck to look through a microscope, or any number of activities, causes a muscle spasm that produces tinnitus.

Does gabapentin give immediate pain relief? ›

You should notice that your pain starts to improve over one to two weeks after starting gabapentin, but it may take longer in some people. However, some feel benefit straight away. Your treatment will be reviewed when you next see the doctor or nurse.

What kind of pain does gabapentin treat? ›

Gabapentin is used to treat some types of persistent pain. It is especially good for nerve pain, such as burning, shooting or stabbing pain. Gabapentin belongs to the anticonvulsant group of medications, which are also used to treat epilepsy. You are on this medicine to treat your pain.

What is the longest you should take gabapentin? ›

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “the efficacy and safety of gabapentin have not been examined in clinical studies for treatment periods longer than five months.” However, gabapentin can be taken longer than five months, should a treating physician deem it necessary, provided the patient does not ...

Can you take gabapentin for life? ›

Although the drug may be a good approach for short-term treatment of anxiety, taking it for longer than a few weeks may not be appropriate for most people. Gabapentin has some side effects that can become long-term health problems. Some side effects that can become serious include: Fatigue or chronic exhaustion.

What can you not take with gabapentin? ›

Products that interact with gabapentin include:
  • Alcohol.
  • Antihistamine-containing cold, cough and allergy products.
  • Certain medicines for anxiety or sleep.
  • Certain medicines for depression, such as amitriptyline, fluoxetine and sertraline.
  • Certain medicines for seizures, such as phenobarbital and primidone.
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Is there a lawsuit against gabapentin? ›

The Neurontin class action lawsuit alleged the defendants violated the law by promoting Neurontin for various uses that were not approved by the U. According to the class action lawsuit, Neurontin was approved by the FDA as an adjunctive therapy for adult epilepsy and for the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia.

Which antidepressant is best for tinnitus? ›

The types of antidepressants used in treating tinnitus‐related symptoms are most commonly tricyclic antidepressants (including amitriptyline, imipramine and nortriptyline). Newer drugs such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (e.g. fluoxetine, paroxetine or other heterocyclic compounds) can also be used.

How much magnesium should I take for tinnitus? ›

Mg deficiency has resulted in increased susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss, ototoxicity, and hyperexcitability of the auditory system. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for Mg in adults is 4.5 mg/kg; however, all age groups of Americans fall short of the RDA for Mg by 100 mg daily.

Which antibiotic is best for tinnitus? ›

What are the best medications for tinnitus?
Best medications for tinnitus
AmoxicillinAntibioticOral
Anafranil (clomipramine)Tricyclic antidepressantOral
Norpramin (desipramine)Tricyclic antidepressantOral
Nortriptyline (pamelor)Tricyclic antidepressantOral
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Can you take ibuprofen with tinnitus? ›

Ibuprofen and Tinnitus

Research studies show that prolonged use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, can lead to episodes of tinnitus in 1-3% of the population who take it. Among those who already have the condition, NSAID use may worsen existing symptoms.

Is it OK to take Tylenol with tinnitus? ›

11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent use of common, over-the-counter painkillers such as aspirin and Tylenol isn't risk-free, with new research suggesting it may increase your risk of tinnitus, or "ringing in the ears."

Does anti-inflammatory help tinnitus? ›

Switching to a Mediterranean or other anti-inflammatory diet has been shown both to reduce tinnitus and to prevent or mitigate the progression of age-related hearing loss. It is highly likely that the reduction in general bodily inflammation is the positive force at work here.

Does tinnitus cause physical pain? ›

In a study sample of 6115 participants, we found that physical symptoms are frequently present in participants with tinnitus: 69.00% of the tinnitus participants reported some form of neck pain.

What medications make tinnitus worse? ›

Medications that can cause tinnitus
  • Aspirin and other NSAIDs. ...
  • Benzodiazepines. ...
  • Tricyclic antidepressants. ...
  • Certain antibiotics. ...
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane) ...
  • Loop diuretics. ...
  • Beta blockers. ...
  • ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers.
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Do any medications help with tinnitus? ›

Because tinnitus is an indicator of pain induced by abnormal hypersensitivity, carbamazepine may be as effective as lidocaine, suggesting that carbamazepine would be effective for patients who have benefited from lidocaine treatment.

Is there any over-the-counter medicine for tinnitus? ›

There are a few over-the-counter (OTC) supplements sold for tinnitus. But none are FDA approved to treat this symptom. OTC pills for tinnitus may have one ingredient or a combination of vitamins and herbs. Common ingredients include ginkgo biloba, zinc, and vitamin B12.

What supplement is best for tinnitus? ›

Ginkgo Biloba

Gingko biloba is the most studied dietary supplement in tinnitus treatment. It is thought to improve tinnitus symptoms by increasing the blood circulation in the inner ear and brain, as well as protecting against free radicals.

Does magnesium help with tinnitus? ›

Magnesium is a mineral absolutely necessary for robust human health. It is a cofactor in over 300 enzyme systems that regulate biochemical reactions in the body. It has also been found to prevent hearing loss during noise exposure and is helpful in lowering tinnitus sounds due to hearing loss.

What nerve is damaged in tinnitus? ›

The vestibulo-cochlear nerve, or eighth cranial nerve, carries signals from the inner ear to the brain. Tinnitus can result from damage to this nerve.

Is tinnitus considered chronic pain? ›

Tinnitus and pain have many similarities. Both are subjective sensations that may turn chronic, they are often accompanied by hypersensitivity in their respective sensory system, and overlapping brain changes have been observed.

What nerve is affected in tinnitus? ›

While tinnitus isn't fully understood, it is known to be a sign that something is wrong in the auditory system: the ear, the auditory nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, or the parts of the brain that process sound.

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