Dizziness - Treatments

What is the treatment for dizziness?

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.

Is there anything I can take for dizziness?

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.

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Author:
Dr Mary Harding
Peer Reviewer:
Dr Louise Newson
Document ID:
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Last Checked:
26 July 2017
Next Review:
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