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Managing Dizziness (Vertigo) with Medications

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Although medications can't cure your problem, they can help control symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe medications for a few weeks and then taper them off.

If you have side effects from your medications, contact your healthcare provider right away.

How medications can help

  • Treat infection or inflammation. If you have a bacterial infection, your doctor can prescribe antibiotics.

  • Limit conflicting balance signals. These medications are often in pill form.

  • Ease nausea. Suppositories, pills, or shots may be used to reduce vomiting.

  • Reduce pressure in the canals. Diuretics can be used to treat Meniere's disease. These medications help rid the body of excess fluid.

  • Ease other symptoms. Other medications can help ease depression and anxiety caused by living with dizziness or fainting.


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