Tinnitus Caused By Medications

It's well known that certain medications can cause tinnitus. In most instances, the tinnitus goes away when the offending medication is stopped and clears the system. Occasionally, a medication can cause permanent damage to the hair cells in the inner ear. In such instances, the symptom of tinnitus as well as any accompanying hearing loss may also be permanent.

Aspirin is one of the most common cuplrits--typically when taken in large doses. Some blood pressure medications often cause tinnitus as well. If you are experiencing tinnitus of recent onset, and are taking any medications, search the medication online to see if it's known to cause tinnitus. The Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) is a good source for information.

If you feel that a prescribed medcation is responsible for your tinnitus, discuss it with the doctor who prescribed the medication. Do not discontinue a prescribed medication on your own. Ask your doctor about the possibility of discontinuing it or substituting another medication in place of the offending one.

When taken at recommended dosages, the following prescription and over-the-counter drugs have caused tinnitus in a small percentage of patients.

NOTE: Not all medications on this list cause tinnitus in a significant number of people. Only the ones marked with an asterisk--*-- appear problematic, producing tinnitus in 3% or more of patients.

  These drugs were not specifically tested on people who already had tinnitus. More information about these listed drugs can be found in the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR).

Abelcet Injection
Abilify Tablets
Accutane Capsules
Aceon Tablets
Acifex Tablets
*Actonel Tablets
Adalat CC Tablets
Aggrenox Capsules
Agrylin Capsules
Alferon N Injection
Aloxi Injection
Altace Capsules
Ambien Tablets
Amerge Tablets
Amnesteem Capsules
*Anaprox Tabs
*Anaprox DS Tabs
Anzemet Injection
Anzemet Tablets
Aricept Tablets
Aricept ODT Tablets
Arthrotec Tablets
Asacol DR Tablets
Atacand HCT Tablets
Atrovent Nasal Spray
Avelox IV
Avelox Tablets
Axert Tablets

Bayer Arthritis Pain Formula
Bayer Aspirin
Bayer PM Aspirin
BC Powder
BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder
BC Powder Arthritis Strength
Biaxin XL Filmtab Tablets
Biaxin Granules
Blocadren Tablets
Buprenex Injectable

Campral Tablets
Capastat Sulfate Injection
Carbatrol Capsules
Cardeen IV
Cardizem LA Extended Release Tablets
*Cataflam Tablets
Caudeut Tablets
Celebrex Capsules
Celexa Oral Solution
Celexa Tablets
*CellCept Capsules
*CellCept IV
*CellCept Oral Suspension
*CellCept Tablets
Cipro IV
Cipro Oral Suspension
Cipro Tablets
Cipro XR Tablets
Clinoril Tablets
Colazal Capsules
Copaxone IV
Coreg Tablets
Cosopt Opthalmic Solution
Covera HS Tablets
Cozaar Tablets
Cuprimine Capsules
Cytovene Capsules
Cytovene IV

Dapsone Tablets USP
Daranide Tablets
*Depacon Injection
*Depakene Capsules
*Depakene Syrup
*Depakote Capsules
*Depakote Tablets
*Depakote ER Tablets
Desferal Vials
Diovan HCT Tablets
Diprivan Injectable
Dynacin Tablets

*EC-Naprosyn Tablets
Edecrin Tablets
Edecrin Sodium IV
Effexor Tablets
Effexor XR Capsules
Eldepryl Capsules
Elmiron Capsules
*Emend Capsules
Equetro ER Capsules
Eskalith Capsules
Eskalith CR Tablets
Evoxac Capsules
Exelon Capsules

Flexeril Tablets
Floxin Otic Solution
Floxin Tablets
Fortical Nasal Spray
Frova Tablets
Furosemide Tablets

Gabitril Tablets
Garamycin Injectable
Gengraf Capsules
Geodon Capsules
Gleevec Tablets

Hyperstat IV Injection
Hytrin Capsules
Hyzaar Tablets

*Imdur Tablets
Imitrex Nasal Spray
Indocin Capsules
Indocin Oral Suspension
Indocin Suppositories
*Intron A Injection
Invirase Capsules
Invirase Tablets


Kaletra Capsules
Kaletra Oral Solution
Kaopectate Anti-Diarrheal Liquid

Lamictal Tablets
Lamictal Chewable Tablets
*Larium Tablets
Levaquin 5% Dextrose Injection
Levaquin Injection
Levaquin Oral Solution
Levaquin Tablets
Levitra Tablets
Lexapro Oral Solution
Lexapro Tablets
Lipoderm Patch
Lipitor Tablets
Lithobid Tablets
Lotensin HCT Tablets
Lotrel Capsules
Lunesta Tablets
Lyrica Capsules

Maalox Max Strength
Marinol Capsules
Maxalt Tablets
Maxalt-MLT Tablets
Meridia Tablets
Miacalcin Nasal Spray
Micardis Tablets
Micardis HCT Tablets
Midamor Tablets
Migranal Nasal Spray
Mintezol Suspension
Mirapex Tablets
Morbic Oral Suspension
Mobic Tablets
Moduretic Tablets
Mustargen Injection

Nadolol Tablets
*Nalfon Capsules
Namenda Oral Solution
Namenda Tablets
*Naprosyn Suspension
*Naprosyn Tablets
Naropin Injection
Neoral Capsules
Neoral Oral Solution
Neurontin Capsules
Neurontin Oral Solution
Neurontin Tablets
Nexium ER Capsules
Nexium IV
Nipent Injection
*Niravam Tablets
Noroxin Tablets
Norvasc Tablets
Norvir Capsules
Norvir Oral Solution

Orthoclone OKT3 Solution
OxyContin Capsules

Parnate Tablets
Paxil CR Tablets
Paxil Oral Suspension
Paxil Tablets
Pepcid Injection
Pepcid Oral Suspension
Pepsid Tablets
Pepto-Bismol Max Strength
Pepto-Bismol Original
Permax Tablets
Phenegran Suppositories
Phenegran Tablets
Pletal Tablets
Prevacid ER Capsules
Prevacid ER Oral Suspension
*Prevacid NarpraPAC 375
*Prevacid NarpraPAC 500
Prevacid Tablets
Prilosec OTC Tablets
Primaxin IM
Primaxin IV
Prinivil Tablets
Prinzide Tablets
ProSom Tablets
Protonix Tablets
Proventil HFA Aerosol
*Prozac (Frequent)


*Rapamune Oral Solution
*Rapamune Tablets
Razadyne Oral Solution
Razadyne Tablets
Recombivax HB
*Relafen Tablets
Relpax Tablets
Requip Tablets
Rescriptor Tablets
Reyataz Capsules
Risperdal M-Tab Tablets
Risperdal Oral Solution
Risperdol Tablets
Rythmol SR Capsules

Sandimmune IV for Infusion
Sandimmune Oral Solution
Sandimmune Capsules
Sndostatin LAR Depot
Sedapap Tablets
Seroquel Tablets
Sonata Capsules
*Soriatane Capsules
St. Joseph 81 mg Aspirin
Sular Tablets
Surmontil Capsules
Sustiva Capsules
Symbyax Capsules

Tambocor Tablets
Tarka Tablets
Tasmar Tablets
Tegretol Chewable Tablets
Tegretol Suspension
Tegretol Tablets
Tegretol XR Tablets
*Tequin Injection
*Tequin Tablets
Teveten Tablets
Teveten HCT Tablets
Thalomid Capsules
Tiazac Capsules
Ticlid Tablets
Timolide Tablets
Timoptic in Ocudose
Timoptic Opthalmic Solution
Timoptic-XE Opthalmic Solution
*TOBI Solution for Inhalation
Topamax Sprinkle Capsules
Topamax Tablets
Toprol-XL Tablets
Tricor Tablets
Trileptal Oral Suspension
Trileptal Tablets
*Trisenox Injection
Twinrix Vaccine

Ultracet Tablets
Uniretic Tablets
Univasc Tablets

Vancocin HCl Capsules
Vantin Tablets
Vantin Oral Suspension
Vaseretic Tablets
Vasotec IV
Verelan Capsules
VFEND Oral Suspension
VFEND Tablets
Viagra Tablets
Vicoprofen Tablets
Vivactil Tablets
*Voltaren Tablets
*Voltaren-XR Tablets

Wellbutrin Tablets
*Wellbutrin SR Tablets
*Wellbutrin XL Tablets

*Xanax XR Tablets
Xifaxan Tablets


Zegerid Oral Solution
Zestoretic Tablets
Zestril Tablets
Zithromax Capsules
Zithromax IV
Zithromax Oral Suspension
Zithromax Tablets
Zithromax Tri-Pak
Zmax Oral Suspension
Zoloft Oral Concentrate
Zoloft Tablets
Zomig Nasal Spray
Zomig Tablets
Zomig-ZMT Tablets
Zonegran Capsules
Zosyn Galaxy Containers
Zyban SR Tablets
Zyprexa Tablets
Zyprexa ZYDIS Tablets
Zyrtec Chewable Tablets
Zyrtec Syrup
Zyrtec Tablets
Zyrtec-D ER Tablets

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Charles Smithdeal, MD, FACS is a board certified Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist), Otologist (Ear Specialist and Ear Surgeon,) and Specialist in Anxiety Relief Techniques® . He is also a former sufferer from intractable Tinnitus and Hyperacusis. Dr Smithdeal is retired from the practice of medicine and surgery. He and his wife, Dr Deborah Smithdeal, PhD, provide personal consultation for tinnitus sufferers with training in Anxiety Relief Techniques® (ART) by special appointment only.

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