Do You Think I Should Ask My Doctor to Prescribe Me Memantine for Tinnitus? (Argument For & Against)

Discussion in 'Support' started by JasonP, Jun 28, 2016.

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    1. JasonP

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      Okay so here is the deal. I have three types of tinnitus:

      1. One caused by an anti-depressant
      2. One caused by accoustic damage
      3. Increased intensity due to long term benzo use (have been able to lower that more often lately.

      The previous 2 I have not been able to get rid of. Neither of them is maskable. I was reading a site where a guy says he got ringing from an SSRI anti depressant call Celexa which is a very similar drug that I took that gave me ringing.

      Source:
      https://www.reddit.com/r/Nootropics/comments/2mh1s0/memantine_completely_cured_my_tinnitus/

      In addition, there was a study based on rats who were supposedly have their tinnitus reduced on memantine as well from acoustic damage.

      Source:
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3449490/

      Another completely separate write up about memantine and tinnitus:
      http://www.audionotch.com/blog/uncategorized/memantine-for-tinnitus/

      This sounds pretty interesting but a couple of things I am worried about is derealization/depersonalization feeling. I hate that feeling. Not sure if I would get it or not. Also, the possible feeling of foggy thinking. If these would go away quickly, I might be okay with it. Secondly, I would have to find a way to get my doctor to prescribe it for me due to it being labeled for Alzheimer's disease. Thirdly, I do not know what the long term consequences of the drug if it works. Finally, I don't know if it would even work or worse, it might mess me up on the first dose!

      Thoughts?

      P.S.- Please forgive any grammar errors. I am very tired right now.
       

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