What Antidepressant Is Best for Anxiety/Depression When You Have Tinnitus?

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    1. Roger79

      Roger79 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Januari 2019
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      Hello Dr Nagler,

      Which antidepressant is best for helping the anxiety and depression that comes from having tinnitus?
      And why are some people saying that antidepressants are bad for your tinnitus and can even aggravate the tinnitus?

      Regards Roger
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    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member Clinician Benefactor

      Atlanta, Georgia USA
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      Hello @Roger79 -

      Thank you for your question.

      There are around a gazillion drugs that have been reported to potentially temporarily aggravate tinnitus. The precise mechanisms are for the most part not completely understood, and it is virtually impossible to avoid all of them without jeopardizing your health by virtue of denying yourself the therapeutic benefit of medicines you might truly need to treat one condition or another. Fortunately we do know those drugs that can potentially permanently aggravate tinnitus by damaging hair cells, and none of the antidepressants falls into that category. (See the attached article for "Drugs To Avoid.")

      Since none of the antidepressants causes hair cell damage, the best antidepressant for an individual who has tinnitus is the antidepressant his or her doctor would recommend if that individual did not have tinnitus; pretty much all antidepressants have the same potential for temporarily aggravating tinnitus, which is fairly low to begin with. And in the unlikely event that the tinnitus does increase in loudness, the individual can switch to a different antidepressant under his or her doctor's supervision. Even within the same class of antidepressant, one drug might aggravate a person's tinnitus while another might not.

      Hope this helps.

      Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.

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