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    1. FullPat

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      Dr. Nagler,

      The Cefadroxil did not help my sore throat, so my primary care doctor sent me to an ENT. The ENT diagnosed that acid reflux is causing the sore throat and told me take Omeprazole two times a day. Any concerns about Omeprazole and tinnitus?

      Thank you
    2. Dr. Nagler

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      Atlanta, Georgia USA
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      Tinnitus is listed as a possible rare side-effect of omeprazole (Prilosec). The actual incidence is not known, and no causal relationship has ever been established. In other words, the development of tinnitus in patients on Prilosec, however rare, may be entirely coincidental. But be that as it may, there is no evidence at all that omeprazole causes auditory damage. So in the unlikely event that your tinnitus does happen to get louder on omeprazole, then it should return to baseline within a few weeks of discontinuing the drug. If it doesn't, then the problem wasn't the omeprazole in the first place.

      I have had tinnitus for more than twenty years now, and I would not hesitate to take omeprazole if my doctor prescribed it.

      Hope this helps.

      Dr. Stephen Nagler
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