Safety of Keflex (Cephalexin) vs. Augmentin (Amoxicillin/Clavulanic Acid) for Hearing & Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Mr152, Jan 25, 2021.

    1. Mr152

      Mr152 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Flu and Pneumonia vaccine together
      I have a choice of a single oral dose of either Augmentin or Keflex for an upcoming procedure. I don’t want my tinnitus to get any worse.

      Does anyone know which is safer?
    2. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      Keflex is mentioned on American Tinnitus Association's Ototoxic Drugs list.

      Augmentin is not.

      I would go with Augmentin.
    3. iGL0CK

      iGL0CK Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma (punk rock show)
      Augmentin is safer, that's for sure.
    4. glynis

      glynis Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      A short course of antibiotics shouldn't cause you much of a problem.

      It's the intravenous antibiotics that could spike tinnitus.

    5. linearb

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      beliefs are makyo and reality ignores them
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I didn't have problems with either so I would probably go with whichever seemed more likely to kill whatever bacteria I was infected with. Keflex is a more hardcore drug that I would expect to mess up my GI more, though.

      I won't, personally, take antibiotics in most cases, unless there is a positive bacterial culture for a specific thing. When I am prescribed antibiotics "just because" I let them sit on my shelf for 3 days, and only take them if I am not improving in that timeframe (or if my symptoms become worse or scary). In the 10 years or so since I started doing this, I think I've been prescribed antibiotics twelve times, but I've only actually taken them a couple times.

      If anyone needs a shelf of expired antibiotics... ;)
    6. JYD

      JYD Member

      Addison, TX
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      High-frequency hearing loss
      I've had sinusitis for 5 weeks, so my doctor gave me Prednisone which I finish tomorrow after just 7 days.

      He gave me Augmentin "just in case" the Prednisone doesn't help.

      So far, I still have sinusitis, and am a bit worried to take the Augmentin.

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