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Menier's Disease: A Chronic Ear Disorder

Meniere‘s disease, a chronic inner ear disorder, can have a variety of effects including dizziness, nausea, hearing loss, and noises in the ears. It cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be treated.

Symptoms of Meniere‘s disease

Meniere‘s disease usually affects only a single ear. It can produce several different symptoms, including:

  • Vertigo or dizziness can last anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours. Severe vertigo can also lead to inability to stand, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Tinnitus, including ringing, buzzing, hissing, and other noises in the ear can occur.
  • Intermittent, but eventually permanent, hearing loss may result.
  • A feeling of pressure in the ear or on the side of the head may be experienced.

The symptoms of Meniere‘s disease come and go, and it can be years between one attack and the next.

Causes of Meniere‘s Disease

Meniere‘s disease is not contagious. Its cause is unknown. Some doctors, however, believe it is caused by excessive fluid in the inner ear. This could be the result of poorly formed ear canals that make it difficult for fluid to drain, autoimmune reaction, injury to the ear or head, migraines, allergies, or infections. It is likely that the disease is a result of several factors combined and occurring at once.

Treatment of Meniere‘s Disease

There is no cure for Meniere‘s disease, and no way to reverse hearing loss as a result of the disease. Treatment usually focuses on easing the symptoms of vertigo caused by the disease, so the patient can live a more normal life. Anti-nausea and motion sickness drugs are used, and possibly diuretics to reduce the amount of fluid in the body.

In severe cases, the doctor may recommend the injection of antibiotics or steroids directly into the middle or inner ear, a procedure done under local anesthesia. Surgery to improve fluid drainage or remove the affected structures is a last resort when all other methods have failed.

We offer the following medications to treat Meniere’s disease and allow our patients to live a more comfortable life.

Medications to Treat Meniere‘s Disease

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Antivert
  • Benadryl
  • Transderm-Scop
  • Phenergan
  • Valium

Compounded Medications:

We can make capsules or oral suspensions of the following:

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