The 'Love Hormone' (Oxytocin) May Quiet Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Research News' started by Tim Hogan, Sep 23, 2016.

    1. Uklawyer

      Uklawyer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication - antidepressants
      @ploughna, sorry to hear about the setback - hopefully it will not be long-lasting and the next attempt on Oxytocin will prove fruitful.

      To be clear: you are now trying Oxytocin individually, and not as part of the trial, right? And the trial is ongoing and blinded?
       
    2. ploughna

      ploughna Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      motor racing and power tools
      @Uklawyer, that's correct, I'm having my prescription filled this week so will start on it again shortly. And, yes, I believe the trial is still ongoing. I say this because my detailed results are not yet available to the researchers.
       
    3. Uklawyer

      Uklawyer Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication - antidepressants
      @ploughna, thanks. Just a quick one: if the study is ongoing, how do you know that you were given the Oxytocin? (Perhaps I am missing something, but I thought that, in blind studies, the participant did not know what they were getting — unless they reveal results to individuals as they finish?)
       
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    4. ploughna

      ploughna Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      motor racing and power tools
      For the first half of the study, everyone is given Oxytocin. For the second half, it's 50% placebo and 50% Oxytocin.
       
    5. Lurius
      Wishful

      Lurius Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Oslo, Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Valsalva maneuver
      @kuromi, tagging you because I think you may find this very interesting.

      Ok, so I spoke to Dirk De Ridder this morning. I got a lot of very interesting information, he answered all my questions and I feel enlightened.

      He recommended some stuff for me. One of the things he mentioned was Oxytocin. He referred to a study in Brazil. He would not normally recommend it, because it doesn't really work, except for in a particular circumstance. That circumstance is "people with autism", which I happen to have. It works on people with autism. I have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow, I'm testing for a genetic condition called hemochromatosis. I will ask my doctor for a prescription for Oxytocyin and then I will use it for 1 month. He said it may give me some serious relief. I feel hopeful about this.
       
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    6. Christiaan
      Inspired

      Christiaan Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      The Hague, the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2016: headphones, 2020: worsened thanks to Rammstein
      Count me in @Lurius :) I'm also a proud member of the Auti club. Thanks for taking some time to talk to Dr. De Ridder about this issue.

      Anyway, did Dr. De Ridder provide a reason why people with autism are more susceptible to Oxytocin? It seems super interesting.

      I hope your doctor knows how to fix hemochromatosis. From what I've read on Wikipedia, it sounds rather serious.
       
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    7. Lurius
      Wishful

      Lurius Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      Oslo, Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Valsalva maneuver
      If I had known you had autism, I would have tagged you as well. There aren't that many of us, we need to look out for each other. I seriously recommend that you try Oxytocin, it may work for you. Nothing is guaranteed in life, but I'm seriously going to try this. It's a hormone, not a drug, so the risk is very low. I think the worst thing that can happen is that you might feel clogged in the nose.
       
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    8. Christiaan
      Inspired

      Christiaan Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      The Hague, the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2016: headphones, 2020: worsened thanks to Rammstein
      It's totally alright @Lurius, it's not like as if I'm walking around with ''autism'' tattooed on my forehead (though it has crossed my mind to put something like that on my arm) ;)

      After reading your story, I've decided to go down this route as well. Tomorrow morning, I'll give my GP a call and ask her about this.

      But again, thanks for sorting this out. Hopefully, we'll figure it out asap if it works!
       
    9. Isabella 123
      Curious

      Isabella 123 Member

      Location:
      Chapel Hill NC
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably traumatic noise event
      @ploughna, are you still doing the Oxytocin Rx? Would love to hear an update from you.

      My tinnitus is like yours, very unpredictable. Mine is caused by dysfunctional Glutamate neurotransmitter re-uptake system so the volume goes up unbearably sometimes depending on what I’ve eaten... something that contains Glutamate that I wasn’t aware of. So I’m not sure this is going to help me. But my point was, that I know how horribly frustrating it is to have a couple of “good” days and wake up with a shrieking head.
       
    10. paul mclean

      paul mclean Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      falling asleep with headphones in on loud
      I'll be doing 2 months of Oxytocin therapy soon. Will post results once I'm done with my experiences.
       

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