Drug Induced Tinnitus! Will This Go Away?

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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,


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    Hi,sorry to hear About your tinnitus. I doubt 2 pills would cause this.

     I have been suffering constant bilateral tinnitus 5 month now and do not know what caused mine. I was taking ibuprofen at time for a neck injury and  I have thought was it this.was it the neck injury or are the doctor s right and it was my stress that caused it?

     I don't think we will ever know the cause. That's good you are getting Mir to rule out anything serious. Hopefully with you only having it a few weeks it will subside. I know how difficult it is but try and stay calm . I didn't, I panicked and stressed and maybe that is what has made mine worse so try not to do the same.



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      Two pills absolutely can trigger tinnitus. I took Augmentin 2 years ago which doubled the volume of my tinnitus. It’s never for back to baseline since then. All it took was one dose. 
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    Hi mrsafro, how did your T evolve eventually ?
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    How is your tinnitus? Did it stay or go? I got it from 3 days of sertraline.

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