Published on June 9th, 2014
Ménière’s disease is one of the more common causes of vertigo. It is caused by a buildup of excess fluid in the inner ear, which is the part of the body responsible for balance. When fluid levels increase, you may experience a loss of balance or hearing. Vertigo related to Ménière’s disease can be severe, leaveing you incapacitated for up to 24 hours at a time. It is often accompanied by a feeling of pressure in one or both ears, hearing loss, or tinnitus. Fortunately, easy relief can usually be found at our compounding pharmacy.
Betahistine is an oral medication that can be custom made to meet your needs at your local compounding pharmacy, including right here at Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy in West Los Angeles. The compound acts as an antagonist for H1 and H3 histamine receptors. Although this may sound complicated, what it essentially means is that betahistine causes the blood vessels in the inner to dilate. As they expand, the excess fluid that has built up is able to escape, leading to relief from your worst vertigo symptoms.
Although Ménière’s disease was once classified as idiopathic (meaning there is no known cause), today doctors have found a number of contributing factors. Infection of the middle ear, head trauma, and upper respiratory tract infections can all lead to symptoms. Although these contributing factors are hard to control, there are lifestyle changes that can reduce your chances of developing Ménière’s disease. Aspirin, cigarettes, and alcohol can all increase your chances of developing the condition, so avoiding them can help you prevent vertigo in the first place. If you do develop vertigo accompanied by hearing loss or pressure in the ear, get in contact with our compounding pharmacist to find the best relief possible.
Published on June 2nd, 2014
In addition to being a classic Alfred Hitchcock film, vertigo is a fairly common symptom characterized by dizziness and nausea. It is referred to as a symptom rather than a disease, because it may be caused by a number of different diseases and conditions. But, although the causes can vary widely, vertigo is easily identifiable due to the very specific nature of the condition. In general, vertigo is the sensation that the room is moving around you even though there is no actual physical movement. This can lead to problems with balance, nausea, and vomiting.
There are three categories of vertigo:
- Mild – Infrequent, brief, and resolves on its own. You may be nauseous, but there is no vomiting.
- Moderate – Lying down is required to stop the feeling of movement. Vomiting may occur, but you should be able to keep fluids down.
- Severe – The room continues to spin even while lying down and immobilized. Vomiting is present, and keeping fluids down will be difficult.
Even mild vertigo can make it difficult to keep your balance. If you begin to feel like the room is spinning inexplicably, you should take the proper precautions to avoid injury. You should sit or lie down, and definitely avoid potentially dangerous activities like climbing ladders or stairs.
Vertigo treatment will depend on the cause of the condition. The condition is usually associated with inner ear disorders, but there are a number of different variations. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is caused by irregular movement of the “ear rocks” within the inner ear. Ménière’s disease is connected to excess fluid within the inner ear. Vertigo can even be brought on by excessive alcohol consumption. The best treatment for your vertigo will depend on the cause of the condition. Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy has the best pharmacological treatments for vertigo in West Los Angeles.