Tinnitus from Vioxx (Rofecoxib) — Now 20 Years Later My Tinnitus Is Paralyzing

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Kady70, Oct 19, 2020.

    1. Kady70

      Kady70 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      My tinnitus occurred in 2002 as a side affect from taking COX-2 selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (Vioxx), which has since been taken off the market. I only took the drug for 2 days.

      My doctor assured me the ear hum would go away. Well, it didn't.

      For years the noise was just a low hum, and I easily ignored it. Fast forward to 2020. The noise in my left ear is sometimes paralyzing. I have sought the advice of many ENT specialists. Only to be told that I'll just have to live with it.

      I have joined the American Tinnitus Association. Their journals read like a science fiction magazine (too technical).

      With all the conflicting stories about different drugs, I am scared to use them!
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    2. Matchbox

      Matchbox Member

      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Did you try a week's course of Prednisone and Xanax?

      Don't get hooked, it's simply to intervene and maybe get the baseline tinnitus down. IT IS NOT a permanent solution (Xanax may be good for a break every couple of weeks for a day).
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    3. Psych

      Psych Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Many moons...
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      So sorry that happened to you. I hope you're feeling better. I know mine is driving me crazy these days, as it seems to have gotten louder, at least sometimes. It's hard to know how to react to such a situation. Today I took a tryptophan pill, to help me sleep, and that seemed to make it quite a bit louder. But I'm losing a lot of sleep over a separate health situation, and so am worried what taking a second tryptophan this evening, if I decide to do it, might do.

      Life is just one big adventure, isn't it? :confused:
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    4. GBB

      GBB Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016-2019 (Mild, Cured) 8/2020 (Severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus / Microsuction / Acoustic Trauma
      Is Xanax for a week a strategy for somehow rebooting the brain?
    5. Quiet please

      Quiet please Member Benefactor

      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cochlear Endolymphatic Hydrops/Hearing loss
      @Psych I recently read that L-Tryptophan CAN help lower tinnitus and with sleeping issues. I’m going to investigate this further.

      Have you taken it again?

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