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What is the best medicine for vertigo?

There are three medications that are typically prescribed to help ease vertigo symptoms depending on the cause. It’s important to note that medications will only treat the symptoms of vertigo.

Prochlorperazine can ease symptoms of severe nausea and vomiting associated with vertigo.

Antihistamines block histamine to relieve symptoms of dizziness and nausea. Antihistamines that are typically prescribed for vertigo include cinnarizine, cyclizine, and promethazine teoclate.

Betahistine works like an antihistamine and is often prescribed to help with Meniere’s disease and other balance problems. It may need to be taken for long periods of time (whereas antihistamines and prochlorperazine are typically short-term treatments) and effectiveness will vary from person to person.

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Learn about vertigo

Vertigo is not a condition, but a symptom of a condition. Vertigo can involve the feeling of loss of balance, dizziness, nausea, headaches, and more.

Vertigo causes often include problems with the inner ear, since the inner ear is largely responsible for balance and knowing where the head is in relation to gravity. Moving your head during situations like the process of lying down or standing up can make the vertigo symptoms worse. Many different conditions can cause vertigo, and each condition may need different treatment.

If you’re suffering from symptoms of vertigo for extended periods of time, you may want to see a doctor to evaluate the root cause of your symptoms and discuss treatment options.

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What are the symptoms of vertigo?

Vertigo symptoms may range from mild to severe, may last anywhere from a few minutes to several days or more, and may include the following in addition to other symptoms:


-Loss of balance, possibly so severe that it’s difficult to stand or walk

-Nausea or vomiting



-Ringing in the ears or hearing loss

-Unusual or jerking eye movements (called nystagmus)

-Sensations of spinning, tilting, swaying, being unbalanced or being pulled in one direction

When it comes to symptoms of vertigo in women vs. symptoms of vertigo in men, both genders tend to experience similar symptoms. However, women are slightly more likely to experience vertigo symptoms than men. Talk to a doctor about the best treatment options for your symptoms.

How is vertigo treated?

Vertigo treatment will vary based on the cause. In general, lying still in a dark, quiet room can help ease the symptoms of spinning and nausea. Your doctor may also prescribe medication.

Stress and anxiety can make vertigo worse, so learning to manage those things can lead to a reduced amount of vertigo episodes.

More specific treatments may include:

  • Treatment for labyrinthitis
    • Vertigo that is caused by a virus will usually clear up on its own without treatment. If a bacteria causes it, antibiotics can help speed up your recovery (please note that antibiotics will not be effective against a virus).Vestibular rehabilitation training (VRT) can also help improve vertigo symptoms due to labyrinthitis. Vestibular neuronitis may improve without treatment, although severe symptoms may require bed rest.
    • You should see your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve within a week or if they get worse at any point in time.
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) treatment
    • This form of vertigo often goes away without treatment within a few weeks or months.BPPV symptoms may also be alleviated by the Epley Maneuver (also called the canalith repositioning procedure), which is a series of 4 separate head movements, with each head position being held for at least 30 seconds, in order to reposition the particles so that they become stable and no longer cause problems.The Epley Maneuver may cause vertigo while being performed and often needs to be repeated after a period of time. If you haven’t noticed a significant improvement within four weeks, you should talk to your doctor.
  • Meniere’s disease treatment
    • Meniere’s disease treatments include:
      • Dietary advice such as a low-salt diet
      • Medication, such as a diuretic to reduce fluid buildup
      • Treatment for tinnitus (ringing in your ears), like sound therapy
      • Treatment for hearing loss such as using hearing aids
      • Physiotherapy to deal with balance problems
      • Treatment for secondary symptoms of Meniere’s disease like stress, anxiety, and depression

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What triggers vertigo?

Certain sudden head movements can trigger vertigo. Vertigo can also often be triggered by injury, a virus, or an ongoing condition. Unlike motion sickness, vertigo can often appear suddenly without a trigger. Read on to discover the causes of different types of vertigo.

What is vertigo caused by?

Vertigo causes often include issues with the inner ear. There are a variety of different things that can affect the inner ear, and some problems are easier to treat than others.

The inner ear tells your brain where your head and body are moving in relation to gravity. Your inner ear is the main system in your body responsible for balance, which is why inner ear problems can have such a great effect on a person’s balance.

The most common vertigo causes are divided into two different types: peripheral vertigo and central vertigo.

What causes peripheral vertigo?

Peripheral vertigo refers to causes of vertigo that are related to the inner ear. Some of the causes of peripheral vertigo include:

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), which happens when tiny particles of calcium (canaliths) clump up in the inner ear canals. BPPV is one of the most common causes of vertigo and is commonly triggered by specific head movements or position changes such as standing up, lying down, bending over, or walking.

Head injuries can cause vertigo and may be a sign that something is seriously wrong. If you experience dizziness after a head injury, you need to get immediate medical attention.

Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the labyrinth, which is a structure inside your inner ear.

Viral infections such as the common cold are the typical cause of labyrinthitis, although it can also be caused by bacteria. Labyrinthitis may also cause nausea, vomiting, hearing loss, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), or a high temperature and ear pain.

Vestibular neuronitis, also known as vestibular neuritis, is an inflammation of the nerve running from the labyrinth to the brain. The labyrinth itself may also be inflamed. It’s typically caused by a viral infection and comes on suddenly. While vestibular neuronitis typically clears up within a few hours to a few days, it may take as long as three to six weeks to settle down completely.

Meniere’s disease is a rare condition that affects the inner ear. Not only can it be responsible for severe cases of vertigo, but it can also cause hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and a feeling of pressure inside the ear. It can cause sudden severe attacks of vertigo that are accompanied by nausea and vomiting and may last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Scientists aren’t sure what causes Meniere’s disease, but it can be controlled with medication and diet changes. Occasionally, surgery may be required.

Some medications can cause vertigo as a side effect. The patient information booklet that came with your prescription will tell you if vertigo is a known side effect. If you believe your medication is causing vertigo, talk to your doctor. There may be an alternative medicine they can prescribe that won’t cause vertigo. Never stop taking any medication before talking to your doctor first.

What causes central vertigo?

Central vertigo is vertigo caused by areas of the brain such as the brain stem or the cerebellum, parts of the central nervous system, is called central vertigo. Causes of central vertigo include:

Migraines, which are severe headaches that are typically felt as a throbbing in the front or on one side of the head. Young people are especially prone to migraines.

Multiple Sclerosis is a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord.

-Acoustic neuroma is a rare, non-cancerous brain tumor that grows on the nerve that helps to control hearing and balance (the acoustic nerve).

-A brain tumor in the bottom of the brain (the cerebellum) can cause vertigo.

-Transient ischemic attacks (TIA) or strokes, where part of the blood supply to the brain is cut off, can lead to symptoms of vertigo.

-Certain types of medication can have central vertigo as a side effect. Talk to your doctor about switching medications. Never stop taking a prescription without talking to your doctor first.

How do they diagnose vertigo?

Your doctor may have a pretty good idea of your vertigo causes based on your symptoms and medical history, but sometimes more extensive testing is required. Your doctor will first want to rule out life-threatening problems such as a stroke.

During your initial appointment, you should be prepared to answer questions about:

-The first time you experienced vertigo- did you feel lightheaded?

-Was the room spinning?

-Did you experience other vertigo symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, or a sense of fullness in the ear?

-How frequently your vertigo symptoms occur and how long they last

-Whether or how much your symptoms impact your daily living

-What triggers your vertigo symptoms or makes them worse, like turning your head in a specific direction

-What makes your symptoms improve?

Your doctor may also do a physical examination to check for or rule out conditions that can cause vertigo. They may look inside your ears, check your eyes for signs of uncontrolled movement, check your balance, or try to recreate your symptoms by having you sit up or lay down quickly.

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How do you test for vertigo?

Your doctor may perform additional testing or refer you to a specialist for additional testing to evaluate vertigo causes. These tests may include:

Hearing tests done by an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT) may be suggested if you are experiencing ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or hearing loss. The ENT may use a tuning fork or a machine that produces beeps at certain pitches to check for any hearing loss.

Videonystagmography (VNG) helps look for signs of uncontrolled eye movements (nystagmus) in more detail. Nystagmus may indicate a problem with any of the systems that help you balance. You will be asked to wear special goggles and look at still or moving images. Video cameras inside the goggles record your eye movements and check for abnormalities.

Caloric testing involves running warm or cool air or water into the ear for about 30 seconds. The sudden change in temperature stimulates the balance organ in your ear to see how well it’s working. While the test isn’t painful, it can cause dizziness that may take a while to wear off once the test is complete.

Posturography uses a machine to test your balance. It gives useful information about how you are using your vision, proprioception (sensations from your feet and joints), and the input from your ear to maintain balance. This machine may also be used to track progress during rehabilitation.

Scans can help check for structural problems in your brain such as tumors. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uses a magnetic field and radio waves to show the inside of your head. A computerized tomography (CT) scan uses a series of x-rays to show the inside of your head.

Our board-certified doctors can order vertigo tests for you at the lab nearest you.

How long does vertigo usually last for?

Vertigo commonly lasts anywhere from several seconds to several minutes. However, in more complex cases, it could last hours, days, or even weeks. If your vertigo lasts longer than a few minutes, speak to a doctor about treatment options.

Can stress cause vertigo?

Stress alone is not a cause of vertigo, but stress can lead to issues within the inner ear. These problems with the inner ear could contribute to vertigo causes, as some adults report an increase in vertigo symptoms when stressed.

How can I prevent vertigo?

While it’s impossible to guarantee that you will never develop vertigo, there are some lifestyle changes you can make that should help reduce your chances of experiencing vertigo symptoms.

Generally speaking, any lifestyle changes you would make to reduce your odds of having a stroke can help prevent vertigo.

These changes include improving your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and blood glucose levels.

Can vertigo be cured naturally?

Some forms or vertigo may go away on their own, but for more severe vertigo, you may want to see a doctor to diagnose if there is a severe underlying cause. For severe forms of vertigo, treatment is helpful and effective.

Telehealth is not appropriate for serious conditions that require immediate attention or emergency care. If you experience any life-threatening issues, call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately.

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