I know I’ve covered ototoxic drugs before, but now and again I look at all the stuff I take and sort of shiver. The older I get the more medications I pile up. Some will be with me for life.
I know that ibuprofen can be ototoxic (all the NSAIDS) can be, but sometimes it is all there is for inflammation. Tylenol just doesn’t cut it at times. I worry about making things worse. Aspirin can make my ears ring more and it already sounds like I’m raising armies of crickets in there.
Fortunately, I don’t drink alcohol (another ototoxic thing to worry about).
Major headings of things to watch are:
- Mucosal Protectants
- Psychopharmacological agents
- Cardiac Medications
- Narcotic Analgesics
- Miscellaneous toxic substances includng
I found out that some of the drugs we take to quash (steroids) tinnitus can cause hearing loss. Aieee!
Every time I review these lists they seem to grow a little more and I find myself wondering if I’d rather be in pain or be sick or lose more of my hearing. Faster.
Must. Study. ASL. Now.
Did I mention I almost mainline coffee? I’m a fast caffeine metabolizer. Maybe it will be okay.