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Tinnitus Exacerbated By Lexapro: Temporary?

Posted by Brainbeard on April 3, 2010, at 7:58:13

I have mild tinnitus, and every time I get obsessed with it, it becomes a lot more noticeable, sometimes to the point of driving me into despair.

Since I upped my Lexapro from 5 to 10mg, my tinnitus has gotten louder, although attending a concert (with earplugs, but it was still inconveniently loud) may also have played its role. Many meds make my tinnitus louder, but often I don't pay attention. Unfortunately, this time my obsession with tinnitus seems to be back in full force.

I wonder if any of you has experienced increased tinnitus on Lexapro and wether it was a temporary side-effect or one that went away in time, or perhaps even worsened?

I know that 25mg of Zoloft (sertraline) helped with my hyperacusis (hypersensitivity to sounds), and Lexapro seemed to help as well while I was on 5mg, but ever since I've reached 10mg my hyperacusis is only worse.

I got a job as a call center agent starting in a couple of weeks, and I was hoping to be on a stable regimen by that time that would help with my tinnitus and hyperacusis. It's a bummer that Lexapro only seems to make it worse. If I have to change meds now, I will probably be an unstable wreck by the time my job starts.




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