What Drugs Should a Tinnitus Sufferer Avoid If They Get Coronavirus?

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    1. Watasha
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      Watasha Member Benefactor Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2018
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      Dr. Nagler - I know that malaria drugs such as chloroquine were on your list as drugs to avoid.

      Very early anecdotal stories suggest that a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin could be effective in reducing the severity and longevity of the coronavirus. This sounds like a potential ototoxic cocktail and I wanted to get your thoughts on it. If this is a widespread use globally, could we see a tinnitus pandemic from this potentially lifesaving drug cocktail and should people with existing tinnitus avoid unless absolutely necessary?
       
    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member Clinician Benefactor

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      Hello @Watasha -

      It's really a personal decision ...

      If I were infected with coronavirus, and my doctor prescribed hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin based upon solid FDA guidelines (i.e., not based upon "very early anecdotal stories"), I would take it without hesitation. I am over 70, and to me the importance of living long enough to play with my grandchildren and watch them grow outweighs the risk of auditory damage and/or an increase in the loudness of my tinnitus.

      Stay safe. And remember, the two most powerful weapons we have today against coronavirus are hand washing and social distancing.

      All the best -

      Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.
       

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