Many medications have been tried to relieve tinnitus with varying degrees of success. Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline, have been used with some success, but these medications have troublesome side effects, such as dry mouth, blurred vision and constipation.
Two recent clinical trials found that the migraine medications gabapentin (Neurontin) and acamprosate (Campral), a drug used to treat alcoholism, are effective in relieving tinnitus for some people.
Treatments with limited results
Some other treatments that have been tried, but which have had inconsistent results, are:
- The herb ginkgo
- Cochlear implant, an electronic hearing device
- Electrical stimulation
- Medications, such as benzodiazepines (nervous system depressants) and baclofen (a muscle relaxant)
- Hyperbaric oxygen chamber, a therapy to get a high level of oxygen in your blood