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Managing Dizziness (Vertigo) with Medicines

Although medicines can't cure all of your problems, they can help control your symptoms. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines for a few weeks and then taper them off. Always take your medicine as prescribed. Never share your medicine with others.

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When to contact your healthcare provider

Contact your healthcare provider right away if you have side effects from your medicines. Before using a new over-the-counter medicine, check with your healthcare provider or the pharmacist to be certain there won't be an interaction with other medicines you are taking.

How medicines can help

  • Treat infection or inflammation. If you have an infection caused by bacteria, your healthcare provider can prescribe antibiotics.

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

  • Ease nausea. Suppositories, pills, or shots can reduce vomiting.

  • Reduce pressure in the canals. Diuretics can be used to treat Ménière's disease. These medicines help your body get rid of extra fluid.

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

Online Medical Reviewer: Ashutosh Kacker MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Rita Sather RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Tara Novick BSN MSN
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2022
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