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Possible Medications that Can Cause Vertigo

Vertigo, light-headedness, or dizziness can be a result from a disorder in the peripheral vestibular system or the structures of the inner ear. Causes of vertigo are varied and some causes are unknown. Here are a few possible causes of vertigo:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) – one of the more common forms of dizziness and may be linked to hearing loss and impaired balance

  • Cogan’s syndrome – inflammation of connective tissue in the cornea- may lead to dizziness, ringing in the ear and hearing loss

  • Meniere’s disease – ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

  • Ototoxicity – toxins in the ear

  • Acoustic neuroma – benign growth on vestibular nerve, can cause tinnitus, hearing loss, impaired balance, and dizziness

  • Vestibular neuritis – inflammation of the inner ear nerves

  • Anxiety

Common medications that have been linked with contributing to inner ear disturbances and ototoxicity are:

  • Anticonvulsants (e.g., phenytoin, carbamazepine)

  • Antidepressants (e.g., clomipramine, amoxapine)

  • Antihypertensives (e.g., labetalol, enalapril)

  • Loop diuretics (e.g., bumetanide, furosemide)

  • Pain relievers (e.g., aspirin)

  • Prescription and over-the-counter cold medicines

  • Quinine (e.g., chloroquine, quinidine)

  • Anti-biotics

If you are taking any of these medications and notice a change in your balance or start to feel lightheaded, call your primary care physician or neurologist to evaluate your symptoms. For more information call us at Mizuta & Associates for more information regarding specialists in the San Diego area.

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