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are there any natural treatments for tinnitus?


Posted by grizzly99

I am taking about 1/2 mg of lorazepam daily for anxiety and it seems I've developed tinitus in the last couple weeks. Is this a side effect?  I'm also taking Citalopram for long term depression.

These drugs work great for me and I don't abuse them.  My big issue is the fact that they may be causing my ears to ring loudly, especially at night when there is no distracting noise.

Is there any know natural or dietary treatment for tinitus?

Thanks.

 
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Hi Grizzly,

I have been taking citalopram for around five years now and also have been using lorazepam when needed for anxiety for quite some time. I have never experienced tinnitus from either of them. However I had a read through my patient information leaflet and found that it is indeed an uncommon, but possible side effect of the citalopram.

If you visit the RNID (Royal National Institution for the Deaf) website they have a selection of sound products which are suggested to naturally help tinnitus.  There are also a number of herbal and homeopathic items that could help you. These include ear drops and oils and capsules.

Maidenhair tree or Ginkgo Biloba are two herbal remedies which claim to help lessen the ringing sensation.

My advice would be to see your doctor and discuss the tinnitus with them. They may not even be aware of citalopram having this side effect as in my experience GP's aren't familiar with every side effect of a medication. If it carries on being bothersome it might be an idea to switch to another anti depressant, it depends how much it is bothering you.

All the best and take care :) 

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