Itraconazole (Sporanox) Induced Hearing Noises

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I have recently started taking Itraconazole (Sporanox) capsules for a fungal infection going on in my body. The doctor prescribed a 2 week dosage. After about 4-5 days I noticed experiencing some dizziness and now a high pitched ringing sound. Sometimes my ear or ears also feel like they are full or that the medication is killing an infection inside the canal. My question is: Is this normal? What are the chances that these side effects will resolve including the tinnitus?

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    You have asked one of those questions that no-one can answer However, for what it's worth. Have you read the leaflet that came with prescription?

     Some tabs do cause ringing in the earoles. If it's not that Brad  ""WELCOME

    TO THE CLUB ""  Tinnitus reigns O.K.

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    Edit: Would stopping the medication right away increase my chances of these side effects going away completely and my hearing return to normal? I would like to know if the risk of permanent hearing damage is dependent upon how long you take the medication for.
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    I think it would be a good idea to stop the tablets, then check with your doc, cos you might be doing some damage. Side effects of drugs can vary a lot from person to person. You may have a weakness in your ears and this drug has "set them off" The dizziness is the clue to damage possibly being done.

    A while back (2 to 3 years ago) my friend was on something similar and she had to have 2 prolonged 2 week doses to shift the infection but has still got the tinnitus now, although it has got quieter than it was

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    To me the choice is clear then, I must stop taking these altogether and contact the doctor. It's not worth it to clear an infection but possibly do temporary or even permanent damage to hearing. Nobody wants to have that. Considering I already have a pulsatile tinnitus due to another condition, I don't want to add another noise on top of that. This one is more a regular high pitch sound. They put right on the bottle that this "May cause dizziness" so I think that part might be pretty common so I don't see how a lot of people taking this would be causing permanent damage especially only at the 200 mg a day dose I'm using. Anyway, I was hoping to have a doctor chime in on here to let me know and ease my worrying a bit. The infection was getting cleared up because it entered my prostate but the risk is just too great! I have to stop. If the fungus or whatever becomes resistant then so be it.
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      Sad but true , Brad. NO DOCTORS at all The site says

      PATIENT s,A place where we can air our grievances and get a chat/

      I would have thought SEE your doctor first, and talk it over with him

      FUNGUS first Tinnitus maybe.

      Remember there are no experts on these forums

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      I've just looked in an old diary, about 10 years ago I had really strong antibiotics to combat 2 insect bites, my arm swelled up to 3 times it's size. The doc gave me tablets but 2 days later I was still in agony and had to go to A&E. They injected me at hospital with a massive dose and kept me in, giving me 2 more doses that day. I was let out the next day and district nurses came to my home to inject me again for the next 2 days, which did the job. I had tinnitus then, really loud, I assumed it was my Meniere's playing up, maybe it wasn't, it might have been the drugs.

      I've just got my medical medicines book out and there are a lot of drugs that can be used for getting rid of fungal infections in it, so there may be an alternative drug which will do the job but not give you other problems.

      I know how you feel, I have Meniere's Disease and had Gentamicin to stop the violent 12 hour vertigo attacks, the side effect of that was really loud tinnitus. (which was the lesser of the two evils because I dare not leave the house)   Since then I have managed to do a "retrain the brain" to stop listening to the tinnitus (it took 6 months but I don't "hear" the tinnitus any more.

      Hopefully because you haven't had a long exposure to the drug, your tinnitus will fade away.

      If you do have problems with it, contact the British Tinnitus Association (if you are in GB) they can point you in the right direction for help.

      If you encounter dizziness in the future, I recommend the Meniere's Society (they deal with all ear related problems for dizziness or know others that specialise in other areas to do with it)

      Best wishes

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