Drug Induced Ear Ringing - Citalopram

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Hello All, 

2 weeks and 5 days ago, I started taking Citalopram 40mg. I was told by several pharmacists, psych docs, and a neurologist that this drug was dosed way too high by my primary care doc. This should have been titrated up over a period of several weeks. I took this pill 2 times and stopped asap after the third morning I woke up with ear ringing. I also aquired msucle twitches and severe head pressure with this ear ringing. The muscle twitches and head pressure is hardly there at this point. However, the ear ringing still remains. I have had an ENT doc and several psych docs tell me this will leave. I have found that if I do not notice it, it is not a loud. I find it hard to go to sleep, so I use some white noise. I have cried at times, but try not to do that. I find I miss my silence. I am set to see a neurologist in the near future with a possible MRI test. My question is, has anyone ever had a drug do this to them? If so, did the ear ringing subside? If so, how long did it take? Lastly, could 2 pills actually cause permanant ear ringing or damage?

Thank you for your time and response,

Heather 

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    Hi, I am just starting week 5 on 20 MG and I suffer from the Ringing ears. (TINITUS) Sometimes crazy loud some times not so bad. I despise it! So annoying. Apparently one of the side effects with this drug and it should subside in time. Are you taking anything else? I have read that benzo's - valuim and ativan can also cause tinitus.

    Anyway know you are not alone with this damn side effect!

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      Thanks for the response. This was my first attempt with any anxiety drug like this. When I got the ear ringing I stopped taking it asap. Honestly it freaked me out and turned me off to it. Before this I took an occasional 0.5mg xanax prn.
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    Hi Heather

    I started on 10mg of Citalopram nearly 5 months ago and I do have slight tinnitus in my left ear which did get a bit louder through the medication this is normal but now it seems to have gone quieter after a few months so don't worry it is a common side effect with some people. I am currently on 15mg and have been for 4 months and have my life back and feel normal again so hope you feel better soon

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      Hello Debbie, 

      Thank you for your repsonse. Has yours completely left, or does it still remain. I am hoping since I stopped this new medication asap that the ear ringing will reside. 

      Heather 

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      Hello Heather

      Mine is still in one ear but I have had that for 3 years now and it doesn't really bother me I just noticed it went louder with meds but I'm not sure if it's got a bit better now or I'm used to it now. Hope this helps

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