Will changing BP medication help with my tinnitus?

Q. I have severe tinnitus for the past one month. Can this be due to the side effect of Amlodipine?

Answered by
Dr. Satyabrata Panigrahi
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 23, 2020 and last reviewed on: May 19, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have been suffering from tinnitus for the past one month. Sometimes mild and sometimes severe. I did a hearing test and the result is no hearing loss. I have an appointment with an ENT in two days to carry out more tests. However, I have been doing a bit of research so I have a few questions. I am currently on blood pressure medication (Amlodipine). Three months ago (two months before my tinnitus started), I increased my dosage from 5 mg to 10 mg (based on doctor's advice). Could that have contributed to my tinnitus? My blood pressure is under control, so I will reduce my dosage back to 5 mg, should I ask the doctor if I should try another BP medication for a while? I also did a blood test and the doctor said my red blood cells are slightly low, could that also be a factor in my tinnitus? I am 30 years old. I should not even be taking blood pressure medicines in the first place, but I guess I am prone to it because of my parents.



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As there is no hearing loss evident in conventional hearing test, go for high-frequency audiometry and matching test. Which type of sound are you perceiving ringing or buzzing, pulse-like or noise type? Does it change with neck movement to the left and right. Tinnitus can be a side effect of this medication. Talk with your physician if possible change it or go for the alternative one. Breathing and relaxation exercises will help a bit. Avoid caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, and cold drinks). Do not use earphones or loud music. Use resound tinnitus relief app on the speaker mode which will divert your mind from the internal tinnitus sound.

I hope this helps.

Hi doctor,

I usually perceive a high pitch ringing noise. It is not pulse-like and does not change with head or neck movement. I already started relaxation, and meditation. Do you think supplements might be useful? I heard Zinc, B12 and certain supplements called Gingko biloba and Lipoflavonoid. Some people online have said that they have gotten reilef from them.



Yes, Gingko biloba and vitamin B12 helps in this case. Audiovit can be used. Resound tinnitus relief app can be used on speaker mode, install it from play store .

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