Nausea and constant ringing in my ear.

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I've been on CIT now for just over 3 weeks. I was on 10mg for 14 days then increased to 20mg 8 days ago. Just before the increase in dose I noticed a constant ringing in my left ear, the gp said I had some fluid behind my ear drum and prescribed a steroid nasal spray which I have been using. However the ringing in my ear continues so I'm wondering if it could be a side effect of the cit, although the ringing is only in my left ear. I have also suffered from nausea on and off since starting the medication, it got worse after the increase in dose. Can anyone tell me how long it should take to subside? Many thanks for any responses, the support from you people has been really helpful!

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    I'm afraid I have no personal experience with ringing, but a quick google did indicate that there are several people having similar symptoms whilst on the drug. There appears to be, or at least suggested that there is a link to tinnitus in some rare cases. It may not be this, and it may just go away, so don't panic. The GP will be trying to diagnose and solve the issue, but will be trying other avenues if it persists. I would suggest speaking to them if it continues and possibly suggesting a change in medication if this particular one causes negative effects that aren't going away. Sorry couldn't be of more help.
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    i also have ringing in both ears. it is much worse when i am tired.  take 10mg every other day.  have been on the drug for at least 15 yrs,  at one point i was on 40 mg daily, am comfortable on the low dose  now.
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    I suffered with the nausea side, and found taking my medication after my breakfast was better, or before I go to bed hope this helps x
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    Hi Felicity,

    Ringing, nausea all loads of other side effects can occur, but we all don't get the same or the same level of intensity.

    I had mega "buzzing" as I became ill and it was a sure sign of work related stress, when I was advised to go sick and take cita it eventually stopped. However, as cita began to work and my panic attacks arrived so did the anxiety and I found here with these wonderful people that cita causes or raises anxiety to then start treating it.

    So, four months in and now on 40mg things are starting to level out, I still get buzzing/ringing after each increase in dosage and still have a little now, but no way as bad as early diagnosis.

    One thing that I hope you do is give cita a chance. This is my first full week since upping to 40mg and unlike before I have not, touch wood, had a bad "down" time yet. When on lower doses I would have quite defined "down" times, fingers crossed as we start the week this will be the first clear one.

    Obviously some people get better quicker, some take longer and I am by no ways better yet, but I am getting there and more the thanks to this forum. I have also stopped smoking, drinking (although I find the odd ale is goooood!), eating better and exercising more. I am awaiting counselling and my fiancee (an angel) and I are looking into meditation (getting more chilled than what we are!). The major change in my life is that I have removed myself from that which was causing the stress and making me ill - the work place! We are now hoping to completely change to a life WE want and not one dictated. By giving up most of the sad trappings of this "modern" lifestyle (more "archaic" if you ask me) we have better finances!

    You will find the non medical support we all need here and of course the occasional hug!.

    Best Regards,


    I have not used the word organised as I realised yesterday DUH! I ain't. I now have to start a discussion of me own for guidance!!!

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    Yes ringing in the ear is a side effect for some people, and nausea is very common too.  The patient leaflet that comes with the medication lists all possible side effects, and ringing is one of them.

    Nausea eases off after a few weeks, and people usually start to feel better around 3-4 months, followed by fluctuations in their mood.  People often mistake this mood change with being ill again and increase their dose, which gives you more side effects, and you'll get to the mood change part.

    It will all ease off in time.  Took me 6 months to recover and for everything to calm down.

    Lots of patience and perseverance.

    K x


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