Top Secrets to Stop the Ringing – 5 Common Drugs That Cause Tinnitus

Have you been living with the buzzing, whistling and humming sounds of tinnitus for years? Have you seen your doctor, only to be told that your tinnitus was caused by damage to the sensitive parts of the cochlea, and there is no cure, and only limited treatments available?

There may be reason for you to look at some other causes of your tinnitus – namely some common drugs that can cause tinnitus as a side effect.

About 50% of the American population is taking at least one prescription drug, many for common ailments such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression. As is usually the case, every drug has has some type of unintended consequence. That is, in addition to the drug performing as advertised in treating a particular ailment, that drug also causes other reactions in your body that are not desired, but tolerated in order to receive the positive benefits. Some of these medications are drugs that cause tinnitus.

I’ve researched 5 common drugs taken by large segments of society that can cause tinnitus as a side effect.

  • Imitrex Nasal Spray. Also known as Sumatriptan, Imitrex is a receptor subtype agonist, used in the treatment of migraine headaches. Simply put,Imitrex works by constricting blood vessels (vasoconstriction) to relieve that intense pain from a migraine headache. Imitrex may increase blood pressure – not good for tinnitus. Those with chronic vascular disease or heart conditions should be careful when using the drug. Of course, one of the side effects of Imitrex is tinnitus.
  • Levaquin. Levaquin is in a class of drugs called quinolones and is usually prescribed to treat serious cases of bacterial infections of the lungs, skin and urinary tract. One of the major side effects of Levaquin is the rupture and injury of tendons – mainly in the elderly. Phototoxicity (sunburns and blistering sunburns) are another serious side effect. Tinnitus is another, irritating consequence of this drug.
  • Lopressor. A beta blocker, used in the treatment of high blood pressure, angina (chest pain caused by blocked arteries in the heart) and heart attack. Lopressor is also used as a preventative for migraine headaches and the for treatment of anxiety. Tinnitus is a common side effect of this medicine.
  • Neurontin Capsules. Neurontin is an anti-epileptic medication that is also used to treat nerve pain from the herpes virus (shingles). Neurontin is a powerful drug that can have serious side effects relating to kidney, liver and heart disease. Count tinnitus as another possible negative for this drug.
  • Pepcid.(Famotidine) is a histamine-2 blocker that reduces the amount of acid in the stomach. Pepcid is used to prevent and treat ulcers of the stomach and intestines. Side effects of Pepcid may impair quick thinking and reaction time. Tinnitus is high on the list of possible side effects too.

Of course, this is just a short list of drugs that cause tinnitus – consult with your doctor if you feel that any drugs that you’re taking now are contributing to your tinnitus.

Natural Pain Therapies – Treating Pain Without Harmful Drugs

Not long ago a teacher came to my office with a migraine headache, nausea and photo phobia, or hypersensitivity to light. The photo phobia was so bad, she could not work under the fluorescent lights in her classroom. She had struggled with this problem, in varying degrees for many years.

A gentle chiropractic adjustment with a handheld instrument helped the neck muscles relax, but the migraine persisted. I then gave a series of injections containing procaine and homeopathic medications, under the skin of the patient’s neck and scalp, and into a couple of acupuncture points. The nausea left and within a few minutes the pain began to diminish. Within a few minutes the pain was completely gone. This patient required a few more sessions to permanently resolve her migraines, but the fact that such a simple and safe treatment ccould correct a longstanding, chronic pain problem is remarkable..

Another young woman came to me with abdominal menstrual pain. Her cramps were so severe, she was unable to stand and had to lie down. I gave her six small homeopathic injections just under the skin of the abdomen and additional injections injections along both sides of the lower spine for her low back pain. Within 15 minutes, both the abdominal and back pain were completely gone.

Traditional Medicine vs Newer Alternative Therapies

Traditional medicine relies mostly on narcotics and other drugs to control pain. This often works for the short term, but pain medications, especially narcotics, are dangerous and addictive if used for extended periods of time. These medications do not correct the pain, but only block it temporarily, leading to continued dependency.

Several wonderful pain treatments have evolved in the last century – treatments that are effective in eliminating both acute and chronic pain. These methods include Biopuncture and Neural Therapy. American doctors are not generally aware of these methods, as they were primarily developed in Western Europe. None of these injection treatments uses narcotics or other dangerous drugs.

Neural Therapy, first developed by two medical physicians in Germany in 1925, is the injection of procaine, a natural anesthetic, into scars or painful muscle “trigger points”. More recently Dr. Jan Kershott, MD, of Belgium developed Biopuncture, using injections of homeopathic medications. Biopuncture was featured recently on the Dr. Oz Show.

Both of these injections therapies are effective in treating acute and chronic pain. Results are consistent and two year follow up studies have shown continuing success rates between 80-100%, depending on the specific pain problem.

Biopuncture and Neural Therapy are safe and effective treatments for pain, no matter how longstanding it is, because they actually help to heal and restore normal function.

10 Ways to Be Safe and Minimize Adverse Drug Reactions With Your Prescription Drugs

In a previous article I stressed the importance of knowing what you are taking regarding medications, i.e., knowing why, potential side effects, etc. This is because about double the people who die in automobile accidents in the US die from ADR’s (adverse drug reactions): somewhere close to 100,000 a year in the US alone. As a follow-up I interviewed an experienced pharmacist. Here are 10 solid recommendations based on my own experience and research, and that interview.

1. Know at least the top 5 most common and(or) most dangerous side effects for every medication you take and be vigilant as to the first signs of each. For example one of the bipolar drugs popular nowadays has a rare but dangerous skin condition associated with it. If you were taking that drug for bipolar illness and developed even a minor rash it would be wise to report to your doctor immediately.

2. Keep an updated list on a folded 3×5 card marked boldly on the outside “for medical emergencies.” Drug interactions are common and if for instance you are taking certain antidepressants and are given a certain very common IV narcotic for pain or anesthesia if when for example, you were brought unconscious to a hospital after a car wreck, you could die instantly.

3. If you take generic drugs (not identified by the original trade name but only the generic name), as most people do when they’re available, always get them from the same pharmacy. Different generic versions of the same drug have different carrying compounds from which pills or tablets are made. This can drastically change the way the same dose of a given drug can act in your system.

4. Use one pharmacy for all your medications so they will have a complete database on you and so their system will flag a warning if there’s a potential harmful interaction between two drugs for instance, if they were prescribed unknowingly by two separate physicians.

5. Be very wary of online pharmacies. Some are legit branches of established real-world pharmacies but others are fly-by-night selling everything from useless imitations to repackaged expired ones.

6. Take your medications exactly as prescribed and at the same time each day. This will establish a reliable pattern of blood medication levels and make you more acutely sensitive if something is amiss.

7. Always double check the pill size on new prescriptions. Wrong pill size is the most common prescribing mistake made by both doctors and pharmacists. Be aware of the “usual” size and color and identifying numbers or letters on each pill you take. Taking just twice the dose (or half) from the wrong pill can lead to very dangerous conditions for many common medications.

8. Always read the label on over-the-counter medications to be sure none of your drugs are on their taboo list. This is especially true for pain-pills and cold-remedies.

9. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for two reasons: first, it keeps digestion and uptake of your medications consistent and reliable and second, many prescription drugs have side effects related to the vascular system that will become more pronounced even if you’re mildly dehydrated.

10. Take the little warning stickers regarding driving, operating machinery and using alcohol very seriously. They’re usually there because someone somewhere got very messed up because they didn’t either follow their doctor’s warning, or never got warned at all.

Be safe. Better knowledge means better care decisions regarding your medications. You must be active in the process of your own care.