What Are Your Experiences with Lidocaine? Does It Silence Your Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by MsG, Feb 8, 2020.

    1. MsG

      MsG Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Has anyone ever tried Lidocaine as a potential treatment for their tinnitus?

      I've read a few people who have mentioned that a side effect of receiving Lidocaine is that their tinnitus goes away for a little while, although temporarily.

      Then just this week I've been speaking with someone whose doctor tried an alternative treatment for his tinnitus that involved soaking bandages in Lidocaine and put them in his nose for 30 minutes and he said his tinnitus has been quiet for the last several days.

      I've read that there may be side effects but I'm curious if anyone else has tried something like this?
       
    2. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I went as far as buying Lidocaine patches, with the intention of placing them around my ear. Then I found out that lidocaine is ototoxic.
      http://hlaa-sbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Ototoxic_Brochure.pdf
      I ended up not using the patches...
       
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    3. Grand05

      Grand05 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ear infection
      Lidocaine is ototoxic, yet it has helped that guy... what a stupid disease LOL. Antidepressants worsen tinnitus, yet a few people get their tinnitus reduced by them. I can't stand this stupidity anymore.
       
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    4. all to gain
      No Mood

      all to gain Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      -
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      -
      I'm supposed to go on Milgamma for 10 days soon. It is a Vitamin B complex + lidocaine antitoxicant. Didn't know the latter was ototoxic though. Not sure what to do now. That said, i'm still taking the AD which was one ofthe two drugs that gave me tinnitus in thefirst place (want to get off it, but can't easily).

      It may take 100 years to finally work out this tinnitus thing. So many paradoxes.
       
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    5. MRItechssuck
      Disappointed

      MRItechssuck Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Mild 2000-2018 sev 10/17/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise, MRI
      And there are short term benefits some have seen by lidocaine injections for tinnitus, correct?

      It’s hard to sharp shoot a moving target like tinnitus.
       
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    6. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Yes, most potential tinnitus treatments (e.g., Amitriptyline) also happen to cause tinnitus for a small minority of people.
       
    7. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Yes. I think there are a number of posts about it on Tinnitus Talk.
       
    8. Grand05

      Grand05 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ear infection
      I woudln't call a small minority thousands of people who got worse on Amitryptiline. It's 50/50.
       
    9. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I am not sure where you are getting that "thousands" figure. I am aware of just a handful of published case reports as well as a few dozen posts on this forum where this drug made tinnitus to spike. Thousands Take this drug. If 50% of the people who take it were to get a bad reaction, we would eventually find out and nobody would be taking it.
       
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    10. Grand05

      Grand05 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ear infection
      You need to visit Neil Bauman's site hearinglosshelp.com for further info.

      Here https://hearinglosshelp.com/blog/is-amitriptyline-ototoxic/
       
    11. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      We have published studies where amitriptyline is used to treat tinnitus
      https://www.researchgate.net/profil...e_Tinnitus/links/5502051c0cf24cee39fb28c8.pdf
      https://europepmc.org/article/med/10753321
      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0079612307660245
      Studies stating that the drug can cause tinnitus, like the study below
      https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0269881107082126
      and studies that talk about both of those
      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S037859550600219X

      After reading many of those studies, my best guess is that it is more likely to reduce tinnitus than to increase it, and that the most likely outcome is that there won't be any impact on tinnitus. My guess is that less than 1% experience a spike in tinnitus following taking this drug, but of course it isn't based on any rigorous studies.
       
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    12. LukeYoung
      Mooooody

      LukeYoung Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud Concert - Noise Exposure
      I have been on it for maybe 4 months now. I haven’t had worsening that I am aware of.

      Although I have been having fleeting tinnitus that presents as beeps (this has only been the last week) which I had never experienced. Coincidence? Who knows.
       
    13. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Three years ago I had taken it for a couple of weeks. It helped me to fall asleep, and didn't have any impact on my tinnitus.
       
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    14. LukeYoung
      Mooooody

      LukeYoung Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A loud Concert - Noise Exposure
      Definitely helps with falling asleep. can be a god send for people with pain and even just sleeping issues with tinnitus.
       
    15. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      One can't get addicted to it, and the next morning one doesn't feel drowsy.
       

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