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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Labyrinthitis

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Can Labyrinthitis Occur Due to Drug Interactions, or Side Effects [posted 10/28/98]
Question: I've had labyrinthitis occur three times in the past 2 years, twice in the past year. I began taking hyzaar for hypertention about 6 months ago. Could there be a relationship? I also take miacalcin, zocor, and estrogen.

Answer: Possibly, check your blood pressure standing and lying. If a large drop, a potential cause of vertigo. Also, some patients have fixed constriction of the carotid arteries which can cause the problem. Vertigo is listed on hyzaars PDR listing for a reason.

Labyrinthitis [posted 7/23/98]
Question: I have been diagnosed with labyrinthitis. I am wondering how many times this can recur. I have had it three times within the past two and a half years. Is it normal for this to keep happening?

Answer: Can last on/off for up to 2-3 years, although it sounds like benign positional vertigo rather than labyrinthitis (they're treated the same however).

Labyrinthitis Drug Treatment
Question: How long should a person stay on Meclizine for labyrinthitis when all symptoms are gone?

Answer: Meclizine is treatment for the symptoms only. It will not eliminate the cause for the vertigo. Consequently, when the symptoms are gone, stop the meclizine.

Question: How much time should somebody with Viral Labyrinthitis spend lying down?

Answer: Laying down has no particular benefit in vestibulitis. However, by doing so, you canít fall and hurt yourself.
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