Metronidazole Antibiotic and Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by Fish, Mar 30, 2015.

    1. Fish
      Balanced

      Fish Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2012
      Hello people, how are you! ;)

      If anyone happens to remember me, I am glad to say I am doing very well and tinnitus is now a bad dream from the past. However, I will probably always remain cautious...

      I've been prescribed amoxicilline + metronidazole to tackle helicobacter pylori. Now I know that amoxicilline is safe because I used it already before. But metronidazole, I am really not sure about it. Leaflet doesn't list tinnitus as a side effect, on the internet there isn't much about it either but a source or two mention risk of ototoxicity. It appeared on Calin's list of ototoxic drugs. Not very obvious but a little warning sign to me.

      I somewhat need to take this antibiotic but on the other hand I'd rather just stop treatment than go through hell with T again. I dealt with helicobacter for years and it's nowhere as bad as tinnitus is.

      Please, if you took this antibiotic in the past or you know someone who did, could you give some feedback? How did you react to it? Did it make tinnitus worse? Is there anything to protect ears during ototoxic treatment? Any help is greatly appreciated :notworthy:

      Fish
       
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    2. Karen
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      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Hi, Fish! Welcome back!

      I haven't taken metronidazole myself, but I did find an article about it, which says that it is rarely ototoxic.
      http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/disorders/bilat/ototoxins.html

      Hopefully, someone who has taken this medication will respond soon.

      I am glad to hear that your tinnitus is mostly a thing of the past. That is great news!
       
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    3. Fish
      Balanced

      Fish Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2012
      Alright, I thought a lot about this over the last days and it isn't an easy decision for me, but since metronidazole doesn't seem to be as infamously ototoxic as other things I tried before, I decided that I'm going to take it for 10 days starting tomorrow.

      In the name of science. I will report back what happens.

      Also, if somebody had bad experience with metronidazole and just found this thread, this is a good time to stop me :eek:
       
    4. japongus

      japongus Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      1998

      Did it affect your tinnitus in the end?

      Online reports about it are mixed.
       
    5. Rust
      Gloomy

      Rust Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      How did it go with the metronidazole? I have taken it and feel it has made things worse for my tinnitus. I really hope it improves
       
    6. Zok

      Zok Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      not sure, likely 10+years
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      don't know maybe loud sounds
      Did it affected your tininus? It seems that I have to take the same treatment.
       
    7. Fish
      Balanced

      Fish Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2012
      I promised to give an update and I didn't - my apologies!

      I know this is an old post and old news, but for future reference if anyone visits this thread:

      I took metronidazole combined with amoxicilline for two weeks. It did not affect my tinnitus.
       
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    8. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Incidentally, I've just come off a course of IV metronidazole, amoxicillin and flucloxicillin. Followed by an oral course of Clindamycin, flucloxocillin and co-amoxiclav. My oral dosage was 950g, four times a day, split between Clindamycin and flucloxicillin. The IV dose of the others was much higher, and I can also say metronidazole had no affect on my tinnitus. Neither did the other anti-biotics.
       
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