Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Medicines do not cure benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). But they may be used to control severe symptoms, such as the whirling, spinning sensation of vertigo and the nausea and vomiting that may occur.
Medicines to reduce the whirling sensation of vertigo are called vestibular suppressants. They include:
- Reference Antihistamines, such as meclizine (Antivert).
- Reference Scopolamine (Transderm-Scop).
- Reference Sedatives, such as clonazepam (Klonopin).
Reference Antiemetic medicines, such as promethazine (Promethegan), may be used if you have severe nausea or vomiting.
What to think about
Medicines that calm the inner ear (vestibular suppressants) may also slow down the brain's ability to adjust to the abnormal balance signals triggered by the particles in the inner ear. They should be taken only to control severe symptoms.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 16, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology