Tinnitus drug treatment is advised by a doctor to help reduce severe symptoms or complications of tinnitus.
A word of warning, though- there are still NO drugs that can COMPLETELY cure tinnitus.
Medications for severe tinnitus
Some medications that are prescribed for severe tinnitus are tricyclic anti-depressants such as nortriptyline and amitriptyline. However, these drugs are restricted only to severe tinnitus since they can cause irritating side effects such as heart problems, blurred vision, dry mouth and constipation.
Alprazolam such as Niravam and Xanax which are anti-anxiety drugs are also reliable in reducing tinnitus symptoms but can also cause side effects such as nausea and drowsiness.
Digging into the real cause of tinnitus
Tinnitus drug treatment is administered based on what medical conditions have been causing your tinnitus. You are subjected to a general physical exam including a thorough examination of your ears.
You must also tell the doctor about other medications you have been taking since some drugs can cause tinnitus. All the pertinent results and information are important for your doctor to know so he can provide you with the right prescription for tinnitus.
Tinnitus induced by underlying disease
When tinnitus is caused by an underlying medical condition, then that medical condition should be treated with the right drug treatment. This is considered an indirect tinnitus drug treatment. But if tinnitus persists after the drug treatment, then the doctor can prescribe non-medical curing alternatives like masking devices. There are cases where tinnitus drug treatment is not needed since tinnitus can go away spontaneously even without drug intervention or non-medical treatment procedures.
Earwax and tinnitus
Tinnitus caused by excessive earwax does not need tinnitus drug treatment. An ENT doctor will clean your ears through a suction device or a small curving instrument and gently flush out the earwax using water.
Ear infection causing tinnitus
Tinnitus caused by an ear infection may require the indirect tinnitus drug treatment or prescription ear drips that contain hydrocortisone to relieve itching while an antibiotic is prescribed to fight the ear infection.
Other medications for tinnitus
Some other drugs used for the treatment of tinnitus are anti-anxiety pill and anti-depressants to reliably reduce tinnitus.
Alprazolam is used in combination with a steroid placed in the middle ear and has been considered effective in some people with tinnitus.
A hormone called misoprostol has also been considered helpful in relieving tinnitus.
Lidocaine which is used for treatment of abnormal heart rhythms can relieve tinnitus in some patients but should be administered intravenously or straight to the middle ear to be effective.