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ericsch
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Someone on the TSMB wrote about a success story with the prescription drug, Namenda. Apparently, it is only available in Europe. Anyone here heard of it being used for tinnitus?
Eric
SandyTH
 #2 
Namenda is very available in this country when used for dementia or Alzheimers.  I don't know anything about other uses.

Sandy
Rob_in_Denver
 #3 
I was able to find one study referenced on the Internet.  It showed no benefit for the treatment of tinnitus with Namenda (Memantine HCL):

http://www.druglib.com/abstract/fi/figueiredo-rr_otolaryngol-head-neck-surg_20080400.html

Rob in Denver
 #4 
Eric,
 
Hold onto your hat.  One of the frequent adverse side-effects observed during clinical trials of Namenda is tinnitus.
 
 
Other Adverse Events Observed During Clinical Trials
 
Special Senses:Frequent: cataract, conjunctivitis. Infrequent: macula lutea degeneration, decreased visual acuity, decreased hearing, tinnitus, blepharitis, blurred vision, corneal opacity, glaucoma, conjunctival hemorrhage, eye pain, retinal hemorrhage, xerophthalmia, diplopia, abnormal lacrimation, myopia, retinal detachment.
 
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Here is a study -- it may be the same one Denver referred to above -- evaluating the efficacy of this drug to treat tinnitus. 
 
The bottom line?  No soap.
 
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate efficacy and safety of memantine in the treatment of tinnitus.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind crossover study.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 60 patients with tinnitus were randomized into a double-blind, placebo-controlled, prospective crossover study. Patients each received up to 20 mg memantine and placebo for 90 days, separated by a 30-day washout period. Treatment effects were assessed by using the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI). A total of 43 patients completed the trial.

RESULTS: There was no significant improvement of THI score after memantine treatment compared with placebo. A possible tendency for delayed effects of memantine was observed. The incidence of side effects during memantine treatment was 9.4 percent, leading to interruption of treatment in all cases.

CONCLUSION: This study does not provide evidence to recommend memantine for the treatment of tinnitus. A possible late effect of the drug should be evaluated in further studies with longer observation periods.

http://www.druglib.com/abstract/fi/figueiredo-rr_otolaryngol-head-neck-surg_20080400.html
 
Rob
ericsch
 #5 
Not great news, but thanks for your replies. 
Eric

cassie
 #6 
That's why I love this Board, good advice and reality checks.

Cassie
stringplayer
 #7 
What are you going to teach to your two beautiful children when they grow up about what they hear and what they see?  Right.  Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see.  Well, the stuff you read on "DailyStrength" and the like?  It falls into the "what you hear" category.

Bbec, we all go through the stage you are going through now - ready to grasp at anything.  But you are at such an advantage!  You have personally seen one of the world's leading authorities on the specific condition from which you suffer.  And I bet he told you that relief is achievable, but there are no shortcuts.  So maybe you should believe him?

sp
stringplayer
 #8 
Bbec, when I said that maybe you should believe Dr. Jastreboff, I meant believe him about there being no quick fixes.  Sorry for not being clearer in that regard.

sp
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