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Feeling dizzy and experiencing a sensation that the world is spinning, is a common symptom of a condition called vertigo. Vertigo is often accompanied by nausea, sweating, and headache. Other symptoms may include a ringing in the ears, hearing loss, and abnormal eye movements known as nystagmus. Vertigo can pass quickly or may linger for several hours or longer, and symptoms may be persistent or intermittent.

The inner ear communicates with the brain regarding the movement of the head and body in relation to gravity. Inner ear problems disrupt this communication, affecting the sense of balance.

Inner Ear Conditions Associated with Vertigo

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a condition that results from the accumulation of miniscule calcium particles, called canaliths, in the inner ear canal. BPPV is sometimes associated with age, but can also occur without any known cause.

Meniere’s disease results from a buildup of fluid in the ear that causes internal pressure changes. It often causes vertigo, hearing problems, and tinnitus (ringing in the ear).

Vestibular neuritis, also called labyrinthitis, is an inflammation in the inner ear commonly caused by a viral infection.

The use of certain medications can also cause ear damage.

Other Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo is less commonly caused by conditions unrelated to the ear. Individuals with brain issues such as stroke or tumor or injuries to the head or neck may experience vertigo as a side effect. It also commonly occurs in conjunction with migraine headaches.

Individuals affected by vertigo often describe feeling unbalanced and like they are tilting, swaying, or being pulled to one side. A simple change in head position is often enough to trigger a reaction. This extremely uncomfortable condition can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications. A consultation with a doctor or pharmacist may be the first step in seeking relief.

The following over-the-counter and compounded medications can be utilized and implemented in the treatment process.

Medications to Treat Vertigo

Over-the-Counter Medications:

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

Compounded Medications:
We can make capsules or oral suspensions of the following:

  • Betahistine Dihydrochloride
  • Meclizine
  • Scopolamine
  • Diphenhydramine
  • Promethazine
  • Diazepam
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