Will you please tell me if anyone with Ménière’s disease has gotten help—and, if so, how? I have a bad spell of it once or twice a week. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
According to the FDA, meclizine (brand name Antivert) is “possibly effective” for persistent dizziness due to Ménière’s disease, a problem with hearing and balance that is linked to excess fluid in the inner ear.
Scientists are searching for the cause of the condition—and a cure for it. In general, a low-salt diet and medications to reduce fluid retention may successfully avert disabling episodes. In some cases, eliminating caffeine intake, managing allergies, and reducing stress is also helpful.
An experimental treatment that involves injecting an antibiotic into the middle ear is gaining acceptance around the globe. We will monitor the promising research and report conclusive findings to our readers.
Reader Suggestion: I had persistent dizziness and tried many treatments as suggested by various doctors. Then, a young physician diagnosed me with Ménière’s syndrome. He prescribed meclizine 12.5 mg to be taken five times a day when symptoms started and then less frequently as needed. Through the years I have followed his advice. I now take half a tablet at bedtime and haven’t been dizzy in four or five years.
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