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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) - Medications

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.

Medicine choices

Medicines to reduce the whirling sensation of vertigo are called vestibular suppressants. They include:

  • Antihistamines, such as meclizine (Antivert).
  • Scopolamine (Transderm-Scop).
  • Sedatives, such as clonazepam (Klonopin).

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.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: December 19, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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