Baclofen for Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by exodus, Jan 3, 2015.

    1. exodus
      Cold

      exodus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2008
      hi guys

      i'm just wondering if anyone has tried baclofen?
      i've read it was giving some results on hyperacusis

      how about tinnitus?


      thanks in advance
       
    2. 1MW
      No Mood

      1MW Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008 but cured and relapsed from benzos
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ssnhl/benzos/unknown
      some trials shown that it does not work.
       
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      AUTHOR
      exodus
      Cold

      exodus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2008
      how about this study?

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22005094

      edit:they are talking about l-baclofen and not baclofen itself

      is l-baclofen available in the market?
       
    4. Dubbyaman
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      Dubbyaman Member Advocate

      Location:
      Northern Indiana
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Excessive loud noise
      I went to see Dr. Michael Seidman, tinnitus specialist. He prescribed me Baclofen, a muscle relaxer. He said it has lowered the volume in a lot of cases. Anyone had any experience with this?
       
    5. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      It gets used a lot for chronic muscle spasm in MS. Maybe some practitioners are taking the myoclonus contribution to Tinnitus more seriously?
       
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    6. undecided
      Fine

      undecided Member

      Location:
      Greece
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown.
      It's a GABA-B agonist therefore it might have some effect for t.
      I've tried huge doses of the thing, got zero benefit.
       
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    7. My research showed me it can cause severe T (but I believe in higher doses)

      ..I have a whole bottle and never tried it.

      If you can manage the side effects, I'd opt for Flexeril instead.
       
    8. Dubbyaman
      Angry

      Dubbyaman Member Advocate

      Location:
      Northern Indiana
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Excessive loud noise
      Yeah same here. I have some but im too afraid of the effects.
       
    9. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      1
      Tinnitus Since:
      1900
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      Baclofen is a racemic drug (mix of two different isomers). They compete with each other for receptors. There is some research indicating that one of the isomers is useless for tinnitus, and the other one is useful. So, if someone ever produced a drug which contained only the single enantiomer and not the other one, then this might be a great tinnitus suppressor -- but no one has ever produced such a drug commercially, and there would be regulatory hurdles to overcome.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3297816/
       
    10. OneFai

      OneFai Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      I just started having tinnitus symptoms last week. I blamed it on the fridge at work first. Only I was off for a week and I still had the ringing in my ears, then I realized I have a problem. I read about it when I was a student but I just never imagine I would be a patient. I have no risk factors. It was very daunting experience.
      Anyway, I read some anecdotal studies about baclofen and I have some left over from my last surgery. So I tried one. Nothing happened first and the ringing actually got a bit louder. I was trying to concentrate to read a physics article and suddenly the tinnitus went away. I don't know if it was the concentration or the baclofen but something stopped the ungodly tinnitus. Later that evening, tinnitus returned but it was a lot softer.

      I am going to my otolaryngologist and ask him about it. If it is really the baclofen, then I think I maybe okay. I have read the guidelines on tinnitus from American society of otolaryngology and many case studies. So many results are inconclusive. Guess I can only pray or start reading maths and physics articles very intensely.
       
    11. Danny Boy
      Cheerful

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      It activates GABA. Tinnitus is associated with low GABA levels and many drugs which activate GABA help reduce tinnitus, like Xanax as an example. Oddly enough, Valium has no effect on tinnitus.
       
    12. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      Is it possible to get l-baclofen for research purposes?
       
    13. lapidus

      lapidus Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise induced
    14. Goldilocks
      Lonely

      Goldilocks Member

      Location:
      Sydney Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Original T 1995, aggravated T 2014, increase 2016
      So maybe it's the difference between GABA-A (most benzos) and GABA-B (baclofen) or something?

      I only just read about baclofen yesterday and recalled a psychologist mentioning a long time ago, but she didn't know what it was for, just that some doctor was using it to help some people. I dismissed it because I had no idea about anything back then.

      I wonder if the difference in what works for different people is the different genetics we all have. I think until we have a good data set of genetics of people who have tinnitus then we won't find the correlations between us. But most people don't want to do genetic testing I guess? It's only a few hundred dollars now. Obviously privacy is an issue with genetics, but if we could get a template report set up in livewello.com with genes that might be related to all this then maybe forum users could anonymously forward their data for those genes to someone doing research?
       
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    15. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      So has anyone else tried this? Not sure if it would work for me with the kind of tinnitus I have but just curious.
       
    16. grate_biff
      No Mood

      grate_biff Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Oslo, Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma, benzo/mirtazapine withdrawal, or combo!
      I´v started trailing it now. Mainly for extreme tremors I have had for the last three years that will never end. The tremors/spasms stems from Benzo and Mirtazapine withdrawal/interdose symptoms.
      Hopefully it will have a positive effect on my T and H as well. Benzo, most of the time, totally alleviate my T and calms down my H. But I can not take it. It just upholds my withdrawal even low, sparingly doses.

      My T is probably noise induced btw. My protracted benzo/mirtazapine withdrawal could have made it worse though.

      I know from previous posts you also are interested in lowering glutumate levels for T. Just let you know . I´ve tried both Campral and Lamitrogine with no positive effect unfortunately.
       
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    17. grate_biff
      No Mood

      grate_biff Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Oslo, Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma, benzo/mirtazapine withdrawal, or combo!
      So, I have to say: Baclofen worked like a charm for my T and partly for my H.
      2*10 mg a day made my T totally livable. In fact I could hardly take notice of it at all. Also much more tolerant to noise. I did this for 4 days.

      My tremors where also totally gone. So its seemed I´ve found the magic wand , then?
      Well, not quite. I´ve done my research and it seemes to me baclofen is very similar to benzo regarding tolerance, addiction and withdrawal symptoms. It does affect different receptors( GABA-B instead of GABA-A) but I´m afraid baclofen is not anymore a viable option than benzo.

      You just can´t win! W´ll see if I dare to take the aspirin approach, but that could easily get out of hand. I know everything about having downregulated GABA-receptors and what it does with your nervous system. I just can not fuck with that.

      I also question if it is the gabaeric effect or the muscle relaxant/anti-spastic effect that is at play here.
      I´m scedueled for botox injection in my neck/back. That will probably give me some answers.
       
    18. Tigo

      Tigo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2 years
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      genetic hearing loss
      Baclofen is almost the same as phenibut. It binds to gaba-b.
      Phenibut is a otc supplement without serious side effects!
       
    19. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      Phenibut definitely has side effects. Serious withdrawal symptoms if used continuously. Use it 3 days a week max, less even. Otherwise it's benefits diminish and withdrawals kick in.
       

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