Medication for Dizziness?

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Hi agian,

I know I read about it here, at this forum, just this past week, but I can't find it now... someone mentioned that although it might delay your own brain compensation through VRT (vestibular rehab training), they found one medication to be very helpful in treating their dizziness. Not veritgo as in room-spinning, but the disequilibrium.

It wasn't a prescription to relieve nausea (lucklily I don't have that with it) but it was for treating the dizziness itself.

If you are on something (or had been) and you posted about it, could you please tell me what the name of the prescribed drug was? I don't think it was the betahistamine or stemil (sp?), but maybe it was... I've looked and looked here, and cannot find that post. It was something posted just within this past week or so.

Could you please help me? I was going to ask my doctor about this as I have done the vrt for almost a year now, with absolutley no results. sad

At this point, I am willing to try the drug route, even though I know it may not solve the problem in the long run. I just can't take this imbalance anymore. It's getting worse, and none of my "specialists" have a clue on what caused it, or what else they can do except vrt. Thank you!

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    Hi Dee, I have been given various drugs by GP but the betahistine seems to be the best.i are 8 mg 3 times a day . Took a while to get working but  I would panic now if I didn't have it. I'm not worrying about the compensation stuff. As my GP said this drug is given to people with Menieres and they are on it for years with no problem. So I'm not worrying about that either. It means I can get out the house and function. I also have buccastem for if I have nausea, but fortunately that seems to be mostly gone. Hope that helps . Take care xx
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    It wasn't me that posted but I take ativan and it helps my dizziness so much. I take a small dose when needed. Its known to be addicting but I take such a small dose and only on days where my dizziness it out of control. It's given me my life back. Take no more than .5mg a day and sometimes I cut that tiny pill in half. To form .25mg. I haven't had any side effects and I like that I'm in control of taking it and it works immediately. Dr's don't like to prescribe it be side of the addictiveness to it but other meds can be habit forming too. If u Google ativan and vestibular disorders younwill see its used to treat symptoms. Docs don't line to prescribe it but it truely works for me and several others.
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    It may have been me- was it cinnarizine (sturgeon 15)? It can be bought as a travel sickness tablet but also prescribed for inner ear as it blocks your vestibular system signals or something like that.

    My symptoms are similar to yours, disequilibirum and a hazy dizziness rather than vertigo. I find the tablets a God send!

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    Hi Dee,

    You will find that a lot of the drugs that others are on and have found helpful are not available in the US.  Betahistine is the one that I see mentioned over and over but, the FDA removed its approval in the US over 45 years ago.  Several people on here have indicated that it helps them tremendously but, you can't get it here at all unless you go to a compounding pharmacy.  It's used all over the world, go figure.  Cinnarizine is the same.

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    are you talking about Meclinzine????
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    5mg of Valium worked for me. 
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    Hi dee I posted a question about betahistine and prochlorperzine in the last couple of weeks and u added to the discussion. Some people said prochlorperzine helped and others said betahistine helped. Could it be this post??? Hope you are ok. Take care
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    Would just like to point out that betahistine is available in the us BUT it is dispensed under the. Name of SERC . It is the same drug, for every person who the drugs don't work for there is another at least who find them a god send. Everyone is different  , you just have to try. Xxx
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      FDA approval for SERC (Betahistine) was withdrawn in 1976. The drug was again reviewed in 1999 and the FDA again did not approve its use. While the drug is available throughout the world it does not have US FDA approval and as such is not dispensed in the United States. Essentially, the conclusion was that there is no evidence that it is harmful, but, also little evidence that it has any therapeutic effect. It thus is similar in FDA official status to an inert substance.
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    Helen what exactly is your diagnosis? My dr has not even tried mess. I have idiopathic bilateral vestibular hypofunction 
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      Ashley, if you mean me, I really don't have a diagnosis... neuro, ENT, and balance center PT just say woel on retraining. Might be from diabetes, might be from migraines, might, might, might be.

       

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