Diazepam and Meniere’s disease

November 29, 2008

Diazepam, which is a benzodiazepine-type drug, induces a calming effect of the central nervous system (CNS) functions. It is usually prescribed for anxiety-related disorders and alcohol withdrawal. Common side effects of diazepam include drowsiness and fatigue; however, similar to most drugs containing benzodiazepine, dependence and withdrawal effects are possible.

Recent studies have shown that diazepam is helpful in controlling vertigo in Ménière’s disease following a trial of failed diet and diuretic (“water pills”) therapy. Researchers believe that diazepam has a selective sedative effect within inner ear cells. Treatment with diazepam should be short term and discontinued when the symptoms improve or subside. Medical literature states that diazepam has been found to be particularly effective for the relief of nausea, which can accompany vertigo in Ménière’s disease. People who suffer from vertigo attacks should have a prescription of valium (diazepam) at hand if an attack should occur. Some experts consider benzodiazepines as a short-term treatment because it only masks disease symptoms and does not treat the actual disease. If your vertigo attacks are not resolved by standard measures and are debilitating, surgical interventions may be the next step of treatment.

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