Can Propranolol Worsen Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by amm12, May 6, 2014.

    1. amm12

      amm12 Member

      Fort Worth, Texas
      Tinnitus Since:
      I just got prescribed propranolol on top of some other anxiety meds I'm taking, and I read it was an ototoxic drug, so I'm not sure if I should avoid it or not?
    2. Art Vandalay

      Art Vandalay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Unfortunately I don't have an answer to your question, however, I have a question that may help you in deciding whether you want to take propranolol.

      In general, if taking something ototoxic worsens your tinnitus, will it typically go back to its "normal" level once you stop taking the drug, or can the changes be permanent? If it's the former, I suppose it's an easier decision to decide and take a risk with the drug.
    3. carol kane

      carol kane Member

      Lincolnshire united kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      @amm12 I really hope not as I've been taking it for two months now, 10mg twice a day, I have been having lower tinnitus days just lately so I'm going to continue for now.
    4. mick

      mick Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      I'm pretty sure the ototoxic label is reserved for medications that can cause permanent hearing loss/damage. The ototoxicity may depend on dosage and duration, however. That is to say, the drug may be labeled as ototoxic in the prescribing info, or in someone's list of ototoxic drugs, but that does not mean it is ototoxic at all dosages or quantities over time.

      Aspirin is one such drug. At high doses over an extended period of time, it will permanently damage hearing (though oddly, I read an article recently where it may protect against hearing damage normally caused by ototoxic cancer drugs - go figure), and can cause permanent tinnitus. In lesser amounts, aspirin can cause temporary hearing loss and temporary tinnitus. The way aspirin used to be prescribed for people with severe rheumatoid arthritis was to increase the dosage until the patient's ears began ringing, then back the dosage off until the ringing stopped.
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    5. tychobrae

      tychobrae Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      I have been taking propanalol for a few years now and it hasn't affected my tinnitus. If anything it should help as it helps with anxiety and it also lowers your blood pressure - high blood pressure can be a factor in tinnitus.
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    6. Dustydom

      Dustydom Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      I am on 40mg tablets, but only takeing half a tablet twice a day, I should be on a whole one 3 times a day, but I sometimes think my tinnitus starts after I take half a tablet. Been on them for almost 3 months, can't say my tinnitus has obviously gone up, but scared it will if I do the full dose. However my anxiety levels have gone up.
    7. I who love music

      I who love music Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      mid seventies
      I was on propranolol years ago for cluster headaches.

      I've been on Verapamil for a few years. I've noticed that with BP medicine, I get dry and a little shaky, plus unfortunately, a small increase in tinnitus.

      But although I take ototoxic meds, I've learned to wipe out most of my tinnitus.
    8. butterfly75
      No Mood

      butterfly75 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Psychiatrist prescribed 30 Inderal (Propranolol) pills and 4 Valium pills. I've taken Xanax and Klonopin before. Is Inderal safe?
    9. Lee Coulthard

      Lee Coulthard Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Can propranolol make tinnitus even worse?

      Thanks in advance.
    10. Amv

      Amv Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hello All ! Anyone here with further experience on Tinnitus and betablockers usage ? I have a big presentation tomorrow, always used propranolol and has worked well, but terrified it can worsen my T. Thanks all !

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