Steroids: Prednisone / Dexamethasone / Others (Oral and Injections)

Discussion in 'Treatments' started by tweak, Apr 23, 2012.

    1. Chriscom

      Chriscom Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Northern Virginia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely infection/ear stress after walking pneumonia
      I'm really happy to hear that! Enjoy a better day!
       
    2. jcm1918

      jcm1918 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/12/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Left ear high frequency hearing loss
      Hello,

      I recently developed a case of tinnitus in my left ear. It came on suddenly on September 12. Although I have not had obvious exposure to loud noises, my hearing test showed some high frequency hearing loss in both ears, although I've so far had tinnitus only in my left ear. My left ear shows a deficiency to about 35 dB at 4000 Hz, but otherwise my hearing is ok. My right ear has a smaller deficiency to about 30 dB also at 4000 Hz, but no tinnitus. I had extreme stress (work, kids, lack of time) in the weeks leading up to the tinnitus, but no other obvious immediate cause (besides the hearing loss, which I did not know about).

      My question arises because I seem to have had some benefit from recently starting methylprednisolone. The first ENT I saw said steroids would likely not help someone with my profile. A second ENT I saw last week agreed that steroids were a long-shot, but agreed to prescribe a short-course given little downside. The prescribed course is Day 1 - 24 mg, Day 2 - 20 mg, Day 3 - 16 mg, Day 4 - 12 mg, Day 5 - 8 mg, and Day 6 - 4 mg. I am on Day 3 today.

      The steroids definitely seem to be helping the tinnitus, particularly in the morning and afternoon, but seem to wear off by the evening, and then the tinnitus returns.

      Does the fact that the methylprednisolone seems to help suggest anything? Should I ask for a higher dose of steroids? I've read some stories of steroids being taken early after onset of tinnitus making a difference, and I am desperate to take any possible precautions to increase the chances that the tinnitus does not become permanent.

      If it becomes permanent, I will deal with it, but in these early stages I am eager to take all possible steps I can now that might make a long-term difference. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

      Thank you!
       
    3. Trixie2Love

      Trixie2Love Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL
      I saw an ENT 2+ months into having ear issues as my first doctor gave me Zyrtec and Flonase. He diagnosed me with SSHL & Tinnitus.

      It's a last ditch effort so late in the game but I am on Prednisone to try to save some of the hearing.

      However, I feel like the past few days my tinnitus is unbearably loud and is not fading into the background ever. Is this from the Prednisone?

      I'm considering stopping it as I can live with a hearing aid but the aggravated tinnitus is terrible.
       
    4. Daniel Lion
      Ape-like

      Daniel Lion Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      SE Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma, hearing loss
      I’d stop, it should be used right away after a hearing trauma.
      2 months in is too late and any change would be placebo, unless your tinnitus is due to inflammation in your neck or jaw, which it sounds like it’s not.

      I’d stop, I don’t know anything about Zyrtec or Flonase, what are they?
      Sorry to hear about your troubles, take care.


      Edit: I just looked up the meds, they are for nasal congestion. Is that something you suffer from?
       
    5. Trixie2Love

      Trixie2Love Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL
      I am currently feeling the same - depressed due to tinnitus spike and scared to continue taking it. My fear is I now I have it in both ears and that it is indeed worse as I've been taking the Prednisone. I am 3 months in to SSHL so do not believe it is my ears adjusting to the loss of hearing at this point. I wish there was much more research done about this!
       
    6. unknownpleasures
      Tired

      unknownpleasures Member

      Location:
      London UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      In all honesty and it's my opinion only. I think prednisone can make some of us jittery and in turn, the anxiety makes tinnitus worse. I am actually feeling calmer today. The lasting side effects I had were anxiety which seems to be lessening each day and have had odd periods where my heart seems to be beating a lot harder and this seems to be decreasing as well. Prednisone seems to be a hard drug for many and some have great benefits from it, for me, I will never take it again as made my anxiety and tinnitus so much worse. Today my tinnitus even feels better as I am calmer and slept better.

      I am also into three months with tinnitus and feel better at handling the spikes and I know it's still early days and there is still some way to go but remain positive. There are good and bad periods but I have learned already that stress and worry make things so much worse. The forum has provided me with so much hope as we are all in this together.
       
    7. Trixie2Love

      Trixie2Love Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL
      I am in the EXACT same boat. I was given 5 days of 40mg prednisone. Asked for the full tapered dose and did 2 days 40, 2 days 60, 2 days 40 before stopping due to the horrific Tinnitus. I am now FAR worse off than when I started. I am hoping & praying that it subsides back to what it was before the steroids. Scared this will continue to be this horrific siren
       
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    8. Mr.Drop
      Stressed

      Mr.Drop Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear trauma, ototoxicity
      I got back from the doctor today and since the antibiotics didn't help completely cure my sinus and I still get headaches around the ear and shooting pain in the ear a few times a day he decided to prescribe me Prednisone/Prednisolon. The order is 40mg for 3 days, after that 20mg for 4 more days. He told me I might have difficulty sleeping and hopes it will be worth it. I'm kind of worried about the sleep though as after sleeping my T is a bit easier to cope with. Did any of you who had Prednisone have difficulty sleeping because of it? The T does fluctuate daily however and maybe seen some improvement lately so my hopes are up it will help quiet it a bit more. I will keep you posted what my experience is with Prednisone.
       
    9. Mr.Drop
      Stressed

      Mr.Drop Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear trauma, ototoxicity
      May I ask did you notice the improvement immediately after the first dose?
       
    10. kostas

      kostas Member

      Hello I just saw this. It's about some injection in the neck.

      https://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/disorders/hearing/tinnitus/cervical tinnitus.html

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25353360/

      My tinnitus probably has something to do with the neck so I am checking.

      I had some good and quiet months. But now my neck is locked, my head has crazy pain and the tinnitus is louder.

      I am trying to understand if a cortisone injection will make my pains go away and tinnitus not so loud.

      In the past every time I took cortisone pills for some allergies for 4-5 days, after a week most of the tinnitus goes away for a small period.

      I do not know what to ask from a doctor. I will pay out of pocket because every time I went to public hospital they told me not to take cortisone.
      They only want to see you if you are dying.

      They do not understand how loud the tinnitus is and how big the pain in the neck and the head is.

      What injection can I ask and which part of the body is the best to do it if I find a doctor to understand me?

      I ask which part of the body to do the injection in because I read that one type of injection is in the cervical at intervertebral disc having a problem (I have medium problem in 4 intervertebral discs like the doctor said) or can the injection be done in the muscles?

      The former is difficult because I read it has to be done inside the hospital.

      I just want to try an injection because the pains and the tinnitus are big problems and the injection will send the cortisone more close to the problem area than the pills.

      Probably not as targeted as being inside the intervertebral disc but at least closer to the problem.

      What do you think?
       
    11. Mr.Drop
      Stressed

      Mr.Drop Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2007
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear trauma, ototoxicity
      My experience with Prendisolon was 1st day : not much difference. 2nd day : when going to bed it was pretty quiet! 3rd day : was louder during the day. 4th day no high pitched chirp when going to bed. From there on every day it started to come back.
       
    12. Danig

      Danig Member

      Location:
      Spain
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Just to share my experience, I was on oral Prednisone for 15 days as the first line treatment, with no discernible effects on my T. I think corticoids' being effective or not will probably depend on your T's underlying cause.
       
    13. Gateway
      Frustrated

      Gateway Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Atlanta, Georgia
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL (sudden sensorineural hearing loss)
      I have been on prednisone for about the past 3 weeks. It is starting to make me feel weird. My muscle are aching and so are my bones. As well when I take my left ear will have a pulsating buzz. That might not be related though.

      What are thoughts? What should I do?

      Thanks
      Josh
       
    14. fishbone
      Shitfaced

      fishbone Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      1988
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      loud noise and very bad sickness
      Prednisone is a steroid. It can affect people in different ways and have possible side effects.
       
    15. JohnAdams
      Festive

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Vatican
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      Stop. If it hasn't helped you tinnitus yet then it won't. These steroids are only good in the short interval that your hair cells are dying but not dead yet. They prevent something called apoptosis, cell death. There is only a short window for them to be effective.
       
    16. Gateway
      Frustrated

      Gateway Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Atlanta, Georgia
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL (sudden sensorineural hearing loss)
      Can I just stop them cold turkey, I’ve been on them for some time.
       
    17. MRItechssuck
      Disappointed

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild 2000-2018 sev 10/17/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      How many mg of prednisone are you taking daily?

      Cold turkey is not advised... I took 60mg for a week and then stepped down daily to 50 mg, 40 mg, 30 mg, 20 mg, 10 mg, 10 mg, 10 mg.
       
    18. Daniel Lion
      Ape-like

      Daniel Lion Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      SE Asia
      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise trauma, hearing loss
      Your doctor prescribed a 3 week course? That's a bit unusual as well as no advice about stopping.
      Stop now and drink lots of water.
      You should be fine.
       
    19. MRItechssuck
      Disappointed

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild 2000-2018 sev 10/17/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      Do a search, again... not recommended... what’s the harm in a gradual step down?

      "Prednisone withdrawal occurs when a person stops taking prednisone abruptly or reduces their dose too quickly. Symptoms of prednisone withdrawal can include body aches, mood swings, and extreme fatigue.”
       

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    20. Gateway
      Frustrated

      Gateway Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Atlanta, Georgia
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL (sudden sensorineural hearing loss)
      I will consider, they are starting to make me feel weird.
      Thanks
      Josh
       
    21. just1morething
      Benevolent

      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      It started
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bad luck
      I was on prednisone 60mg taper but decided to taper fast off of it. 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, etc. as I was feeling quite weird and my noise was worse.

      I was curious if I had inflammation in my neck and jaw. Normally I take a 4mg tapered dose pack but a longer term higher dose was prescribed instead.
       
    22. Gateway
      Frustrated

      Gateway Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Atlanta, Georgia
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL (sudden sensorineural hearing loss)
      Yea, I feel the same way. It is making me feel weird and making my ringing change (not in a good way)
       
    23. Winter

      Winter Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild: nov 2019. Severe: jan 2020.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bicycle tire explosion
      Hello! Please help me with a question. Do you guys think taking 15 mg of pred for 5 days will do any benifits from acustic trauma two week after the exposion that caused it? I took one dose and stopped after feeling wierd and thought "this low dose won't do any good either way". Is it stupid not to take the low dose?
       
    24. Jan64

      Jan64 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Utrecht, the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      1983
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise
      The dose of 15 mg after two weeks is far to low... Recommended by my top notch German ENT (dr.med. Wallesch https://www.dres-wallesch.de/ohrensausen.html: 3 days of 60 mg and then taper down with 10 mg. S0: 60, 60, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 10, 10, 10.
       
    25. Winter

      Winter Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild: nov 2019. Severe: jan 2020.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bicycle tire explosion
      So is there any point for me to try to hunt down a GP that will give me a "real" dose of prednisone next week? Then it would be about 2-3+ weeks after the acoustic trauma that caused my tinnitus. I am so confused with the success rate of prednisone for tinnitus from acoustic trauma... My doctor basically said "I'll give you this cortisone pills for 5 days (15 mg each day) but there is no real evidence that it will work, but we can try". Then I asked "but that is a really small dose from what I've read online for treating acoustic trauma" and he said "well the side effects will not be worth it". Why try something that is very unlikely to work? It makes me mad the Swedish health system is a f*#! joke!

      Reading this whole thread still makes me confused if prednisone has any good benefits for treating acoustic trauma after 48 hours+. Shouldn't there be any studies done to see correlation from the prednisone in this case? Acoustic traumas causing tinnitus must happen every day...
       
    26. Winter

      Winter Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild: nov 2019. Severe: jan 2020.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bicycle tire explosion
      Nobody?
       
    27. Ruse
      No Mood

      Ruse Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      NIHL & TMJ
      I can only speak from my experience that a prednisone course 2 weeks after my acoustic trauma did absolutely nothing for me.

      Most of the literature I have read suggests that the window for steroids is about 24-48 hours.
       
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    28. Jan64

      Jan64 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Utrecht, the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      1983
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise
      Your GP should reconsider his job... 15 mg is a far to low dose... especially when is is + 2 weeks ago...
       
    29. Winter

      Winter Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild: nov 2019. Severe: jan 2020.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bicycle tire explosion
      Yes I know. He was incompetente in this area (as many doctors seems to be in Sweden unfortunately).
      But is there any point trying to get another appointment with another doctor to get a "real" dose of prednisone? From what I understand it is not likely to help acoustic trauma after like 48 hours anyway? And I read hours on this and other websites and hasn't heard anyone who said it cured their noise induced tinnitus anyway.
       
    30. Winter

      Winter Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild: nov 2019. Severe: jan 2020.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bicycle tire explosion
      Thanks for the reply. That's what I've read too. I wish I'd knew to get it as soon as the noise trauma happened. But I didn't know and also hoped it would disappear in the first 48 hours. I can't go back in time so it's stupid to think about I guess.
       
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