Treatment with Medicine – I’ve tried both Antiviral and Immuno-suppressant drugs, neither of them worked for me. The thought behind these treatments? Some doctors believe that there could be a link between Meniere’s and the Herpes Virus, or that it is an auto-immune disease. I don’t know if either of these are true, but some people get relief from these treatments.
Other drugs I’ve been on: Antivert or Meclizine (meclizine hydrocloride)- this is a vestibular sedative, it is prescribed to help with the dizziness. (I think it rather ironic that one of the side effects from this medication can be dizziness.) This worked for a while, when I was having slight dizziness, but it didn’t help stop the vertigo. As my symptoms progressed I was put on Valium (diazapam), this is another vestibular sedative. I had much more success with this drug at preventing the vertigo. However, I had to take more than was recommended to help stave off an attack. Another drug that has been very beneficial to me has been Phenergan. This is an anti-nausea drug that is also a vestibular sedative. I had it in pill form and suppository. If I start to feel dizzy I immediately take a Valium and a Phenergan, sometimes that’s all I’d need. Other times, I would continue to feel bad, like an attack was imminent, and I would need more. I would then take another Valium and a Phenergan suppository. I don’t know if it’s just me or not, but often I would feel like I desperately needed to go to the bathroom and the first suppository would come right out. I would then use another and often that would do the trick and an attack would be averted.
However, sometimes I would have an attack no matter how much I tried to avoid it.
I’ve also been on a diuretic. I know I’ve been on more than one, but the last one I was on was Dyazide (hydrochlorothiazide and triamterene). The thought behind this treatment is the same as with a Low Salt Diet. It is used to reduce bodily fluids especially the fluid in the endolymphatic area.
As with the low salt diet, I’m not sure if this worked or not for me. I was always afraid to stop either the low salt diet or the diuretic for feat that my symptoms would increase. I was taken off of the diuretic after my latest treatment (the Cerebral Spinal Fluid treatment), and my symptoms have been under control.
Not really Medicine, but thought I’d include Supplements – I’ve tried many supplements that promised help with tinnitus and Meniere’s. I didn’t find any help from these. However, some patients swear by them. (Dr. Kaylie said there were no scientific evidence that any supplement actually helped, but if some people found relief he was all for it.)
For even more information on these therapies and other treatments for Meniere’s go to Meniere’s Info.com.
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