Ototoxicity

Ototoxicity (“ear poisoning”) is due to drugs or chemicals that damage the inner ear or the vestibulo-cochlear nerve, which sends balance and hearing information from the inner ear to the brain. Ototoxicity can result in temporary or permanent disturbances of hearing, balance, or both.

Many chemicals have ototoxic potential, including over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and environmental chemicals. If you are taking any drugs on the advice of your physician, do not stop taking them just because you see them listed below. Speak with your doctor or other health care advisor about your concerns.
When taken at recommended dosages, the following prescription and over-the-counter drugs have caused tinnitus in a small percentage of patients.
The symbol ” * ” indicates that the drug produced tinnitus in 3% or more of patients.

Note: These drugs were not specifically tested on people who already had tinnitus. More information about these listed drugs can be found in the 2006 Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR).

A

  • Abelcet Injection
  • Abilify Tablets
  • Accutane Capsules
  • Aceon Tablets
  • Acifex Tablets
  • Actiq
  • *Actonel Tablets
  • Adalat CC Tablets
  • Aggrenox Capsules
  • Agrylin Capsules
  • Alferon N Injection
  • Aloxi Injection
  • Altace Capsules
  • Ambien Tablets
  • Amerge Tablets
  • Amitriptyline
  • Amnesteem Capsules
  • *Anaprox Tabs
  • *Anaprox DS Tabs
  • Anzemet Injection
  • Anzemet Tablets
  • Aricept Tablets
  • Aricept ODT Tablets
  • Arthrotec Tablets
  • Asacol DR Tablets
  • Atacand HCT Tablets
  • Atrovent Nasal Spray
  • Avelox IV
  • Avelox Tablets
  • Axert Tablets

B

  • Bayer Arthritis Pain Formula
  • Bayer Aspirin
  • Bayer PM Aspirin
  • BC Powder
  • BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder
  • BC Powder Arthritis Strength
  • Biaxin XL Filmtab Tablets
  • Biaxin Granules
  • Blocadren Tablets
  • Buprenex Injectable

C

  • Campral Tablets
  • Capastat Sulfate Injection
  • Carbatrol Capsules
  • Cardeen IV
  • Cardizem LA Extended Release Tablets
  • *Cataflam Tablets
  • Caudeut Tablets
  • Celebrex Capsules
  • Celexa Oral Solution
  • Celexa Tablets
  • *CellCept Capsules
  • *CellCept IV
  • *CellCept Oral Suspension
  • *CellCept Tablets
  • Cipro IV
  • Cipro Oral Suspension
  • Cipro Tablets
  • Cipro XR Tablets
  • Clinoril Tablets
  • Colazal Capsules
  • Copaxone IV
  • Coreg Tablets
  • Cosopt Opthalmic Solution
  • Covera HS Tablets
  • Cozaar Tablets
  • Cuprimine Capsules
  • Cytovene Capsules
  • Cytovene IV

D

  • Dapsone Tablets USP
  • Daranide Tablets
  • *Depacon Injection
  • *Depakene Capsules
  • *Depakene Syrup
  • *Depakote Capsules
  • *Depakote Tablets
  • *Depakote ER Tablets
  • Desferal Vials
  • Diovan HCT Tablets
  • Diprivan Injectable
  • Dynacin Tablets

E

  • *EC-Naprosyn Tablets
  • Edecrin Tablets
  • Edecrin Sodium IV
  • Effexor Tablets
  • Effexor XR Capsules
  • Elavil
  • Eldepryl Capsules
  • Elmiron Capsules
  • *Emend Capsules
  • Engerix-B
  • Equetro ER Capsules
  • Eskalith Capsules
  • Eskalith CR Tablets
  • Evoxac Capsules
  • Exelon Capsules

F

  • Flexeril Tablets
  • Floxin Otic Solution
  • Floxin Tablets
  • Flumadine
  • Fortical Nasal Spray
  • Frova Tablets
  • Furosemide Tablets

G

  • Gabitril Tablets
  • Garamycin Injectable
  • Gengraf Capsules
  • Geodon Capsules
  • Gleevec Tablets
H

  • Hyperstat IV Injection
  • Hytrin Capsules
  • Hyzaar Tablets

I

  • *Imdur Tablets
  • Imitrex Nasal Spray
  • Indocin Capsules
  • Indocin Oral Suspension
  • Indocin Suppositories
  • *Infergen
  • *Intron A Injection
  • Invirase Capsules
  • Invirase Tablets

J
K

  • Kaletra Capsules
  • Kaletra Oral Solution
  • Kaopectate Anti-Diarrheal Liquid

L

  • Lamictal Tablets
  • Lamictal Chewable Tablets
  • *Larium Tablets
  • Levaquin 5% Dextrose Injection
  • Levaquin Injection
  • Levaquin Oral Solution
  • Levaquin Tablets
  • Levitra Tablets
  • Lexapro Oral Solution
  • Lexapro Tablets
  • Lipoderm Patch
  • Lipitor Tablets
  • Lithobid Tablets
  • Lotensin HCT Tablets
  • Lotrel Capsules
  • Lunesta Tablets
  • Lyrica Capsules

M

  • Maalox Max Strength
  • Marinol Capsules
  • Maxalt Tablets
  • Maxalt-MLT Tablets
  • Meridia Tablets
  • Miacalcin Nasal Spray
  • Micardis Tablets
  • Micardis HCT Tablets
  • Midamor Tablets
  • Migranal Nasal Spray
  • Mintezol Suspension
  • Mintezol
  • Mirapex Tablets
  • Morbic Oral Suspension
  • Mobic Tablets
  • Moduretic Tablets
  • Mustargen Injection

N

  • Nadolol Tablets
  • *Nalfon Capsules
  • Namenda Oral Solution
  • Namenda Tablets
  • *Naprosyn Suspension
  • *Naprosyn Tablets
  • Naropin Injection
  • Neoral Capsules
  • Neoral Oral Solution
  • Neurontin Capsules
  • Neurontin Oral Solution
  • Neurontin Tablets
  • Nexium ER Capsules
  • Nexium IV
  • Nipent Injection
  • *Niravam Tablets
  • Noroxin Tablets
  • Norvasc Tablets
  • Norvir Capsules
  • Norvir Oral Solution

O

  • Orthoclone OKT3 Solution
  • OxyContin Capsules

P

  • Parnate Tablets
  • Paxil CR Tablets
  • Paxil Oral Suspension
  • Paxil Tablets
  • Pepcid Injection
  • Pepcid Oral Suspension
  • Pepsid Tablets
  • Pepto-Bismol Max Strength
  • Pepto-Bismol Original
  • Permax Tablets
  • Phenegran Suppositories
  • Phenegran Tablets
  • Pletal Tablets
  • Prevacid ER Capsules
  • Prevacid ER Oral Suspension
  • *Prevacid NarpraPAC 375
  • *Prevacid NarpraPAC 500
  • Prevacid Tablets
  • Prevpac
  • Prilosec OTC Tablets
  • Primaxin IM
  • Primaxin IV
  • Prinivil Tablets
  • Prinzide Tablets
  • *Prograf
  • ProSom Tablets
  • Protonix Tablets
  • Proventil HFA Aerosol
  • *Prozac (Frequent)

Q

R

  • *Rapamune Oral Solution
  • *Rapamune Tablets
  • Razadyne Oral Solution
  • Razadyne Tablets
  • Recombivax HB
  • *Relafen Tablets
  • Relpax Tablets
  • Requip Tablets
  • Rescriptor Tablets
  • Reyataz Capsules
  • Risperdal M-Tab Tablets
  • Risperdal Oral Solution
  • Risperdol Tablets
  • Rythmol SR Capsules

S

  • Sandimmune IV for Infusion
  • Sandimmune Oral Solution
  • Sandimmune Capsules
  • Sndostatin LAR Depot
  • Sedapap Tablets
  • Seroquel Tablets
  • Sonata Capsules
  • *Soriatane Capsules
  • St. Joseph 81 mg Aspirin
  • Sular Tablets
  • Sulphasalazine
  • Surmontil Capsules
  • Sustiva Capsules
  • Symbyax Capsules

T

  • Tambocor Tablets
  • Tarka Tablets
  • Tasmar Tablets
  • Tegretol Chewable Tablets
  • Tegretol Suspension
  • Tegretol Tablets
  • Tegretol XR Tablets
  • *Tequin Injection
  • *Tequin Tablets
  • Teveten Tablets
  • Teveten HCT Tablets
  • Thalomid Capsules
  • Tiazac Capsules
  • Ticlid Tablets
  • Timolide Tablets
  • Timoptic in Ocudose
  • Timoptic Opthalmic Solution
  • Timoptic-XE Opthalmic Solution
  • *TOBI Solution for Inhalation
  • Topamax Sprinkle Capsules
  • Topamax Tablets
  • Toprol-XL Tablets
  • Tricor Tablets
  • Trileptal Oral Suspension
  • Trileptal Tablets
  • *Trisenox Injection
  • Twinrix Vaccine

U

  • Ultracet Tablets
  • Uniretic Tablets
  • Univasc Tablets

V

  • Vancocin HCl Capsules
  • Vantin Tablets
  • Vantin Oral Suspension
  • Vaseretic Tablets
  • Vasotec IV
  • Verelan Capsules
  • VFEND IV
  • VFEND Oral Suspension
  • VFEND Tablets
  • Viagra Tablets
  • Vicoprofen Tablets
  • Vivactil Tablets
  • *Voltaren Tablets
  • *Voltaren-XR Tablets

W

  • Wellbutrin Tablets
  • *Wellbutrin SR Tablets
  • *Wellbutrin XL Tablets

X

  • *Xanax XR Tablets
  • Xifaxan Tablets

Y
Z

  • Zegerid Oral Solution
  • Zestoretic Tablets
  • Zestril Tablets
  • Zithromax Capsules
  • Zithromax IV
  • Zithromax Oral Suspension
  • Zithromax Tablets
  • Zithromax Tri-Pak
  • Zmax Oral Suspension
  • Zoloft Oral Concentrate
  • Zoloft Tablets
  • Zomig Nasal Spray
  • Zomig Tablets
  • Zomig-ZMT Tablets
  • Zonegran Capsules
  • Zosyn
  • Zosyn Galaxy Containers
  • Zyban SR Tablets
  • Zyprexa Tablets
  • Zyprexa ZYDIS Tablets
  • Zyrtec Chewable Tablets
  • Zyrtec Syrup
  • Zyrtec Tablets
  • Zyrtec-D ER Tablets