Dizziness - Treatments

Authored by Dr Mary Harding, 26 Jul 2017

Patient is a certified member of
The Information Standard

Reviewed by:
Dr Louise Newson, 26 Jul 2017

The treatment depends on the cause. Your doctor will be able to advise you regarding this. It will entirely depend on the type of dizziness and what has caused it. For example:

  • Labyrinthitis usually improves on its own over time.
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) can be cured by a series of manoeuvres tilting your head in certain ways to move debris in the semicircular canals of the inner ear.
  • Dizziness caused by a problem with the heart rhythm or rate is treated by putting the heart rate right - for example, by medicines, a pacemaker or a procedure done directly on the heart.
  • Dizziness caused by medication is usually easily solved by reducing the dose of, changing or stopping the medicine in question.
  • Dizziness due to panic attacks or anxiety is solved by treating these conditions directly with talking treatments or medicines. Examples of possible treatments include cognitive behavioural therapy, beta-blocker medicines or antidepressant medicines.

Sometimes you need a medicine for the symptom of dizziness. This might be while you wait for it to get better (for example, labyrinthitis) or while you are waiting for tests to find out the cause, or because you have a condition which can't easily be cured. For the vertigo type of dizziness, tablets called prochlorperazine or cinnarizine are often prescribed. These do not cure the underlying problem but they help you feel better until it goes away. These do not work so well for the light-headed/faint type of dizziness or for loss of balance.

Further reading and references

  • Vertigo; NICE CKS, April 2010 (UK access only)

  • Huh YE, Kim JS; Bedside evaluation of dizzy patients. J Clin Neurol. 2013 Oct9(4):203-13. doi: 10.3988/jcn.2013.9.4.203. Epub 2013 Oct 31.

  • Kaski D, Bronstein AM; Making a diagnosis in patients who present with vertigo. BMJ. 2012 Sep 3345:e5809. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e5809.

  • Post RE, Dickerson LM; Dizziness: a diagnostic approach. Am Fam Physician. 2010 Aug 1582(4):361-8, 369.

  • Kerber KA, Baloh RW; The evaluation of a patient with dizziness. Neurol Clin Pract. 2011 Dec1(1):24-33.

Hello, I’m a 32 yo male with type 1 diabetes and for the last 2 months I’ve experienced daily episodes of lightheadedness. I’ve seen an ENT, a neurologist and a cardiologist and all of them have...

Health Tools

Feeling unwell?

Assess your symptoms online with our free symptom checker.

Start symptom checker