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What medications are used to treat autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED)?

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Your doctor probably will give you a drug that helps with inflammation. High doses of steroids have been shown to work well for autoimmune inner ear disease, but they have many side effects. So you probably won't take them for more than a few weeks.

After you take the steroids, your doctor may prescribe a medication that can slow down your immune system. Drugs that are used for chemotherapy, like methotrexate and cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), are sometimes used for this.

From: What Is Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association: "Descriptions of Diseases."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease: What Is Autoimmunity? How Is It Connected to Vestibular Disorders?"

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

The University of Texas Medical Branch: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED)."

Hear-It.org: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Cochlear Implants."

Immunotherapy : "Immunosuppressive therapy for autoimmune inner ear disease."

Frontiers in Pharmacology : "Immune system of the ear as a novel, therapeutic target for sensorineural hearing loss."

Otology & Neurology : "Cochlear implantation outcomes in patients with autoimmune and immune-mediated inner ear disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on December 22, 2018

SOURCES:

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association: "Descriptions of Diseases."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease: What Is Autoimmunity? How Is It Connected to Vestibular Disorders?"

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

The University of Texas Medical Branch: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED)."

Hear-It.org: "Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Cochlear Implants."

Immunotherapy : "Immunosuppressive therapy for autoimmune inner ear disease."

Frontiers in Pharmacology : "Immune system of the ear as a novel, therapeutic target for sensorineural hearing loss."

Otology & Neurology : "Cochlear implantation outcomes in patients with autoimmune and immune-mediated inner ear disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on December 22, 2018

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