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Re: 'Tinnitis + Bupropion

Posted by 49er on January 20, 2011, at 4:12:27

In reply to 'Tinnitis + Bupropion, posted by former poster on January 13, 2011, at 18:28:56

> "Tinnitis is caused by loss of hearing, nothing else". This is what the last 4 Drs have said to me. I know for a fact that the Bupropion and Naproxen I'm on gives me tinnitis. Therefore it makes me deaf? I am so fed-up with Physicians and Psychiatrists not knowing their profession. I saw a Eye ear nose and throat specialist yesterday. He said that "none of my meds can cause tinnitis". I know my hearing would improve if I could get off these 2 medications.
> Am I slowly destroying my hearing by taking these meds? I have 45% loss at this point

Former Poster,

With all due respect, your ENT is totally wrong. Tinnitus is a major side effect of Bupropion.

By the way, a nurse practitioner told me the same thing. I wonder if they went to the same school of propaganda:).

As an FYI, I was formerly on a cocktail of meds that included Wellbutrin and Remeron. I feel that Remeron was partially responsible for my hearing loss and that Wellbutrin definitely caused tinnitus. Because of these concerns, I got off all meds. My hearing has stabilized.

Oh and other horrific symptom I had was pulsating tinnitus in which I felt like there was a heartbeat in my ear. I haven't had that at all now that I am off the meds.

Personally, I would get off the meds in a heartbeat but of course, it is your decision. Knowing what i now know, I wouldn't have hesitated for a moment. But of course, I thought I would have a serious relapse if I went off of meds so I stayed on them even though they were destroying my hearing.

It never happened in spite of dealing with issues like job instability and a relative's death.

Good luck.





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