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adam2525
 #1 
Good evening all :-)

Nice to be back!

Does anyone have a current email address for Dr. Robert Levine. I'd like to write to him and get a copy of his Klonopin based protocol for tinnitus.

All the best,

Adam
DrNagler
 #2 
I don't like posting e-mail addresses on message boards, but if you go to the ATA Web Site and navigate to "About ATA" and then to "Scientific Advisory Committee," you'll find it!

smn
adam2525
 #3 
Hi Dr. Nagler,

The "Dr Levine" link on the ATA site is dead.

Is there any chance you could PM his email address if you have it?

OR

I don't suppose you know what his Klonopin based tinnitus protocol is?

All the best,
Adam


DrNagler
 #4 
Sorry, I didn't realize that the link was dead.

Go to the PubMed website, and do a search on:

Robert Levine tinnitus

Click on the article on "typewriter tinnitus," and there you'll find Dr. Levine's e-mail address.

As far as the Klonopin protocol itself, I'll look for it, but I can't seem to put my hands on it at the moment.

smn




winterbridge55
 #5 

I emailed Dr. Levine today and asked him about the Klonopin protocol. I haven't heard back yet.

adam2525
 #6 

Dr. Nagler,

Thanks for the PubMed Info.

Mark,

Hopefully Dr. Levine will reply to you soon, so for the time being I wont make contact with him.



Adam


DrNagler
 #7 
Several weeks ago I posted:

As far as [Dr. Levine's] Klonopin protocol itself, I'll look for it, but I can't seem to put my hands on it at the moment.

.........

Found it!

Click HERE.

smn

CPW151
 #8 
Dr Nagler, Read the protocol.  Looks like the dosage is getting a little high with 5 a day.  But he does not say how long one should take it without trying to taper off once it helps - if it does help.  Obviously I'm not going to take it but it did bring up the question of how long you should take it and when would you know that you should start tapering off?  I guess that same question could be asked about Xanax and several other medications that are used to "help" tinnitus.

CPW
DrNagler
 #9 
CPW posted:

Dr Nagler, Read the protocol.  Looks like the dosage is getting a little high with 5 a day.  But he does not say how long one should take it without trying to taper off once it helps - if it does help.  Obviously I'm not going to take it but it did bring up the question of how long you should take it and when would you know that you should start tapering off?  I guess that same question could be asked about Xanax and several other medications that are used to "help" tinnitus.

..........

I read the protocol.  I didn't say one way or another whether I agreed with it.  I was merely responding to a request from one of our readers.

But regarding the question of when to start tapering off ...

If you found Klonopin or Xanax to be effective, why would you ever want to taper off?

smn
CPW151
 #10 
If you found Klonopin or Xanax to be effective, why would you ever want to taper off?

smn

Addiction?  I understand these drugs are very addictive but then again I guess you have a choice to either being addictive to them (if it is true they are addictive) or have your tinnitus come back.

CPW
Thatch
 #11 
what is the Klonopin protocol?  and how does Xanax help with the actual "tinnitus"?? isn't xanax for anxiety disorders and depression?
adam2525
 #12 
Hi Doctor Nagler,

Thank you for providing the Klonopin protocol.

With the knowledge you have today, and if you were thinking of using Xanax or Klonopin and your GP didnt mind which you took. Which one would you take?

The goal of taking the drug would be to see if the sound of my tinnitus could be lowered.

Adam
DrNagler
 #13 
Thatch, see Post #7 above for Dr. Levine's Klonopin protocol.

Adam and Thatch, there is one (poorly controlled and to this point not replicated) study suggesting that Xanax can potentially lower tinnitus loudness as determined by dB on loudness matching.  Klonopin has not been tested in such such a manner.  My gut tells me that under strict controls the Xanax findings would not hold up anyway.  No, in my opinion if Xanax or Klonopin are going to be effective in any cases, it will be because they are both anxiolytics and can therefore sometimes make the tinnitus "seem" less loud, which is just fine by the way - I mean who really cares about dB?

As to my preference between the two, I really don't feel all that strongly either way - but unless my doctor felt that I would benefit from pharmacological assistance for my anxiety, I'd probably take neither.

smn
pt
 #14 
Here is an interesting discussion about the differences between Klonipin and Xanax. (Not specifically ear-related.)

http://gawker.com/5083445/xanax-vs-klonopin-the-verdict
DrNagler
 #15 
Peach, how much credibility do you give to any of the posts at the above link ... and on what basis?

smn
pt
 #16 
http://www.amazon.com/Wisdom-Crowds-James-Surowiecki/dp/0385721706
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