Excess pressure in the inner ear results in the typical symptoms of Ménière's disease. These include
- variable hearing loss that fluctuates,
- tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and
- feelings of pressure or fullness in the ears.
The severity and frequency of the symptoms is variable among affected people. Between attacks or episodes, patients are free of symptoms. Attacks can be accompanied by anxiety, blurred vision, jerking eye movements, palpitations, fast heart rate, diarrhea, and trembling.
Causes of Ménière's disease
The exact cause of Ménière's disease is unknown, but it is believed to occur due to an abnormality in the fluid in the inner ear, either an abnormal amount or composition of the fluid in the inner ear.
Other meniere's disease symptoms and signs
- Balance Problems
- Blurred Vision
- Ear Fullness
- Ear Pressure
- Fast Pulse
- Hearing Loss
- Jerking Eye Movements
- Ringing in the Ears
- Sound Sensitivity
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Examples of Medications for Meniere's Disease Symptoms and Signs
- ephedrine (oral)
- hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide, Hydrodiuril)
- meclizine, Antivert, Bonine, Meni-D, Antrizine
- metoclopramide, Reglan, Metozolv ODT, (Reglan ODT, Octamide, and Maxolon
- prednisone (Prednisone Intensol, Rayos) Corticosteroid
- prochlorperazine - injection, Compazine
- prochlorperazine - oral, Compazine
- promethazine, Phenergan, Phenadoz, Promethegan
- scopolamine, Transderm-Scop
- triamterene - oral, Dyrenium
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