Vivelle estradiol patch

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    1. Isabella 123

      Isabella 123 Member

      Chapel Hill NC
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably traumatic noise event
      Dr Nagler, I had an aha moment today when I realized that today I put on a fresh estradiol patch (1/week) and now I'm having a serious T spike. I checked the ATA list of ototoxic drugs and found estradiol on the list. I am post menopausal and use the HRT to help prevent osteoporosis. Do you think this patch could be causing spikes? I have them about once a week but I haven't ever connected these two things.

      Thx for all you do for us head-ringers! Isabella
    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member Clinician Benefactor

      Atlanta, Georgia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Thank you for your question, Isabella.

      As far as I have been able to determine, estradiol is not ototoxic. In fact, there is an excellent study showing that estradiol actually protects against ototoxicity from gentamicin, a drug known to be highly ototoxic.

      Can drugs that are not ototoxic cause an increase in tinnitus? Some can, but any such increase should be reversible upon cessation of the drug.

      What should you do in your case? Well, if the spikes don't bother you much, I wouldn't change a thing. If they do bother you, then the best way to determine if they are caused by the estradiol would be to stop the estradiol and see; however, the problem with that strategy is that the estradiol is helping you to prevent osteoporosis, a condition the seriousness of which cannot be overstated. Therefore, if you really need to know, discuss the situation with your own doctor and arrive at a reasonable and responsible course of action. Perhaps your doctor can suggest a different approach for prevention of osteoporosis for you to use temporarily while you sort it all out.

      Hope this helps.

      Dr. Stephen Nagler

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