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What is the treatment for vertigo?

While some vertigo is self-limited and may be treated with medications, vertigo from BPPV or labyrinthitis is often treated with physical therapy. Using Epley maneuvers, the head is taken through a variety of positions and manipulated to clear debris (crystals) from the semicircular canals and to reduce the inflammation that the debris causes.

Medications like diazepam (Valium) and meclizine (Antivert) are used to decrease inflammation within the vestibular system.

Some patients are placed in a soft collar to limit range of motion of their heads while the vertigo gradually resolves.

If there is concern that there is a viral infection causing the labyrinthitis or neuritis, antiviral medications like acyclovir (Zovirax) or valacyclovir (Valtrex) may be considered.

Patients with acoustic neuroma or other structural problems of the ear may require surgery.

Patients with central causes of vertigo need further investigation and treatment will be tailored to their specific underlying diagnosis.

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Comment from: Bob P., 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 22

I have Meniere's disease, which caused my vertigo. I was given a water pill to take around bedtime. It didn't work! I changed to taking it in the morning and had no vertigo for more than a year. Before this, I couldn't walk about four times a week, throwing up for two to three hours each time. I was bad news. I had headaches the next day and just felt lousy in general. It worked for me

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Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: August 11

I take Ativan, which knocks me out for the day, but stops the episode. My vertigo is neurological, so none of the treatments discussed are relevant. I've had a few ignorant doctors grab my head to perform the Eply Maneuver, ignoring my pleas to stop. In the 13 years I've suffered, I've only met one other person with this form of vertigo.

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