Irish Independent - Health & Living - - FOOD MATTERS -


A num­ber of medicines — both pre­scrip­tion and over-the-counter — can dam­age the ear and al­ter bal­ance. The side-ef­fects of ‘oto­toxic’ drugs can range from mild dizzi­ness and tem­po­rary ring­ing, to tin­ni­tus and per­ma­nent im­pair­ment. The Amer­i­can Speech-Lan­guage-Hear­ing As­so­ci­a­tion es­ti­mates that there are more than 200 oto­toxic med­i­ca­tions cur­rently on the mar­ket, in­clud­ing cer­tain an­tibi­otics, loop di­uret­ics, cancer drugs and as­pirin (when taken in very large doses). The level of oto­tox­i­c­ity de­pends on dose and du­ra­tion, so talk to your GP if you’re tak­ing an oto­toxic medicine for a pro­longed pe­riod, and fol­low the dosage in­struc­tions of painkillers care­fully.

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