Medicines do not cure
benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). But they
may be used to control severe symptoms, such as the whirling, spinning
vertigo and the nausea and vomiting that may
Medicines to reduce the whirling sensation of vertigo are
called vestibular suppressants. They include:
Antihistamines, such as meclizine (Antivert).
Sedatives, such as clonazepam
Antiemetic medicines, such as promethazine (Promethegan), may be used if you have severe nausea or
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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.
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November 14, 2014
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