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Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?

Posted by 4WD on September 10, 2004, at 5:16:02

Does anyone else experience a humming or ringing in your ears as a side effect of your meds (especially Effexor or Cymbalta)? I have this with Effexor and now with Cymbalta but never with SSRIs.

I've read some old posts and have found it mentioned by people on some other a/ds, Zoloft, I think and maybe some others.

It doesn't go away with time since I was on Effexor for years and still had it the whole time. It seems to be very dose-related. AT 75mg it was unbearable. AT 37.5 mg it was annoying but tolerable.

I am wondering if anyone has a clue what causes it and more importantly, what you did about it? Did you ever find anything that helped it?

Please help/advise.

Marsha

 

Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?

Posted by King Vultan on September 10, 2004, at 7:42:34

In reply to Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?, posted by 4WD on September 10, 2004, at 5:16:02

> Does anyone else experience a humming or ringing in your ears as a side effect of your meds (especially Effexor or Cymbalta)? I have this with Effexor and now with Cymbalta but never with SSRIs.
>
> I've read some old posts and have found it mentioned by people on some other a/ds, Zoloft, I think and maybe some others.
>
> It doesn't go away with time since I was on Effexor for years and still had it the whole time. It seems to be very dose-related. AT 75mg it was unbearable. AT 37.5 mg it was annoying but tolerable.
>
> I am wondering if anyone has a clue what causes it and more importantly, what you did about it? Did you ever find anything that helped it?
>
> Please help/advise.
>
> Marsha

I have minor tinnitus, particularly in my left ear, and the only AD that ever made it noticeably worse for me was Wellbutrin, which is a common side effect of that particular drug. I was on Effexor numerous times and can't say I really noticed that it had any effect on the problem, good or bad. The drug that did have a definite positive effect for me was nortriptyline, which you will see mentioned here and there as a possible treatment at various web sites devoted to tinnitus. As far as exactly what is going on with these drugs and their effects on tinnitus, I'm afraid I don't have a good explanation.

Todd

 

Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?

Posted by awatts on September 10, 2004, at 9:21:40

In reply to Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?, posted by 4WD on September 10, 2004, at 5:16:02

> Does anyone else experience a humming or ringing in your ears as a side effect of your meds (especially Effexor or Cymbalta)? I have this with Effexor and now with Cymbalta but never with SSRIs.
>
> I've read some old posts and have found it mentioned by people on some other a/ds, Zoloft, I think and maybe some others.
>
> It doesn't go away with time since I was on Effexor for years and still had it the whole time. It seems to be very dose-related. AT 75mg it was unbearable. AT 37.5 mg it was annoying but tolerable.
>
> I am wondering if anyone has a clue what causes it and more importantly, what you did about it? Did you ever find anything that helped it?
>
> Please help/advise.
>
> Marsha

I was on Effexor and then Effexor XR. I had moderate tinnitus, but it very slowly went away. It took at least 2 months - maybe 3 - for the tinnitus to be completely gone. My final dossage was 150mg of Effexor XR. I also took 0.5mg of Clonazepam twice a day.

 

Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a

Posted by sooshi on September 10, 2004, at 16:14:59

In reply to Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?, posted by awatts on September 10, 2004, at 9:21:40

I have had tinnitus ever since starting Effexor XR 5 years ago. It is very loud, BUT....I have damage to my inner ears from untreated ear infections as a child, which has affected my hearing, so I wonder if that has something to do with it too??? I take 350mg.

 

Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE? King Vultan

Posted by 4WD on September 10, 2004, at 18:52:41

In reply to Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?, posted by King Vultan on September 10, 2004, at 7:42:34

> > Does anyone else experience a humming or ringing in your ears as a side effect of your meds (especially Effexor or Cymbalta)? I have this with Effexor and now with Cymbalta but never with SSRIs.
> >
> > I've read some old posts and have found it mentioned by people on some other a/ds, Zoloft, I think and maybe some others.
> >
> > It doesn't go away with time since I was on Effexor for years and still had it the whole time. It seems to be very dose-related. AT 75mg it was unbearable. AT 37.5 mg it was annoying but tolerable.
> >
> > I am wondering if anyone has a clue what causes it and more importantly, what you did about it? Did you ever find anything that helped it?
> >
> > Please help/advise.
> >
> > Marsha
>
> I have minor tinnitus, particularly in my left ear, and the only AD that ever made it noticeably worse for me was Wellbutrin, which is a common side effect of that particular drug. I was on Effexor numerous times and can't say I really noticed that it had any effect on the problem, good or bad. The drug that did have a definite positive effect for me was nortriptyline, which you will see mentioned here and there as a possible treatment at various web sites devoted to tinnitus. As far as exactly what is going on with these drugs and their effects on tinnitus, I'm afraid I don't have a good explanation.
>
> Todd


That's weird. Mine is mostly in the left ear, too. And my nasal congestion is mostly on the left. I asked my PCP provider about it and she said it's almost impossible to diagnose a cause for it in most cases.

Nortriptyline was one of the drugs that my new pdoc asked me if I'd ever tried. I had complained about the tinnitus on Effexor so maybe that was why he was asking me. It really scares me to think that Cymbalta might turn out to be a great drug for me depression wise and then I might not be able to take it because of the tinnitus. Although if it truly works great I guess I'd live with the tinnitus and just try never to be anywhere quiet.

Do you have a white noise machine for your bedroom? I have an old, really basic one from Hammacher Schlemmer and I couldn't go to sleep at night if I didn't have that to mask the ringing. IT really helps a lot.

Marsha

 

Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a sooshi

Posted by 4WD on September 10, 2004, at 18:57:06

In reply to Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a, posted by sooshi on September 10, 2004, at 16:14:59

> I have had tinnitus ever since starting Effexor XR 5 years ago. It is very loud, BUT....I have damage to my inner ears from untreated ear infections as a child, which has affected my hearing, so I wonder if that has something to do with it too??? I take 350mg.


I read that most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss so it probably does have something to do with it. Your post made me remember that I had a lot of ear infections as a kid, too. I've even had doctors look in my ears and ask me if I'd had a lot of infections. My doctor said that because of the location of the auditory nerve it's really easy for CNS meds to affect it.

I found that my tinnitus on the Effexor was very dose dependent. Maybe if you lowered your dose slightly the tinnitus would get better?

 

Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE? 4WD

Posted by King Vultan on September 10, 2004, at 20:41:50

In reply to Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE? King Vultan, posted by 4WD on September 10, 2004, at 18:52:41


> > >
>
> Do you have a white noise machine for your bedroom? I have an old, really basic one from Hammacher Schlemmer and I couldn't go to sleep at night if I didn't have that to mask the ringing. IT really helps a lot.
>
> Marsha


Mine was never quite bad enough that it interfered with me going to sleep, and I've also learned to just live with it over the years. However, I must say that even though I'm in a fairly quiet room right now, I'm not even sure I can hear it, and I should be able to relatively easily. When I was looking into this last year, I think I read that MAOIs can also have a positive effect on tinnitus. Come to think of it, I really don't seem to have been noticing the problem much for probably six months now, about the length of time I've been on MAOIs. The exception was a month or two ago when I was going through a Nardil withdrawal and experienced quite a bit of weird tinnitus, very similar to what I've experienced on Effexor withdrawals.

Todd

 

Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?

Posted by Tai Chi on September 11, 2004, at 7:19:50

In reply to Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?, posted by 4WD on September 10, 2004, at 5:16:02

Dear 4WD,

I have suffered from tinnitus for years. I have found that certain antidepressants (Buspar, Effexor, Nardil) exacerbate it. Primarily, the tinnitus is in my right ear. After searching on the web, I found an extremely useful article which talks about a cognitive method for dealing with this condition. I highly recommend this technique. It has worked well for me, regardless of the level of the ear ringing.

Check out the following URL: http://www.earaces.com/TRT.htm

Best of luck,

John

 

Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?

Posted by Mariposa on September 11, 2004, at 19:23:39

In reply to Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?, posted by Tai Chi on September 11, 2004, at 7:19:50

Yes, from Lexapro.

 

Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?

Posted by 4WD on September 11, 2004, at 20:05:44

In reply to Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?, posted by Tai Chi on September 11, 2004, at 7:19:50

Thanks for the link. I gather the idea is learn to think of it in a positive as opposed to a negative way.

I don't even know if I can call it tinnitus. It feels/sounds like my brain is swollen and humming or roaring. There is a feeling of increased pressure in my head too.

 

Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a 4WD

Posted by sooshi on September 11, 2004, at 20:27:23

In reply to Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a sooshi, posted by 4WD on September 10, 2004, at 18:57:06

ooohh, I'm doing so well right now, I'd be scared to lower my dose!! I guess I've just learned to live with the noise, although I must say that being in a quiet room or outside when it's really quiet, it's OBNOXIOUS inside my head! I have to sleep with a fan or sound machine and have music on otherwise at all times. Man, that sounds pretty bad. Oh well...guess I've gotten used to it. Hopefully it will be just a passing side effect for you, or at least dose related...check with your pdoc.

Good luck with Cymbalta...I might be trying it someday,
Sooshi

 

Re: Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?

Posted by BJM on September 12, 2004, at 14:27:38

In reply to Does anyone have tinnitus (ringing ears) as a SE?, posted by 4WD on September 10, 2004, at 5:16:02

I ended up with tinnitus ever since I first took Prozac over 10 years ago. Back then no one ever told me that it could be a side effect. Its never totally gone away but tends to get worse when I am overtired. It fades a little bit if I'm not taking Prozac. I think I've become more accustomed to it now but it definetly has affected how well I can hear. If anyone has any known remedies for it please let me know.
BJM


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