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Old 08-16-2009, 08:57 PM   #1
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Unhappy Menieres & caffeine?

I have a "mild" case of menieres according to my last Dr. seems to come & go, i was fine for the last 2 months, then i started taking a migraine medication that has caffeine & now the dizzy spells are coming back..needless to say..i stopped taking it.

BTW the med is Tecnal

I get really bad migraines & this is the only thing that seems to help. I cant take codiene, & imitrex is too expensive.
does anyone else have this problem?

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Old 08-17-2009, 01:17 PM   #2
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Re: Menieres & caffeine?

I'm not all that familiar with Tecnal, but you do realize this medication contains codeine as well as caffeine? A side effect of this drug (affecting 10% or more people) is dizziness and lightheadedness. I was diagnosed with Meniere's in 1993, and discovered very quickly that I need to take drug warnings/side effect notices seriously.

One of the warnings for this drug is to stop taking if feeling dizzy or faint. It's probably a good idea to stop taking this until you and your doctor can work something out.

I know when I was diagnosed, my doctor wanted me to stop ALL caffeine intake. YIKES! Caffeine can do some weird stuff to your inner ear, though. For me, I severly limited sodas, drinking much more water, and limited my tea intake to a total of 3 cups (caffeinated) a day. I can always tell when I've exceeded my caffeine limit - I don't get "wired," I start spinning!

There are more medications out there now for migraines than codeine and Imitrex. Have your doctor work with you and investigate one that works for you and that you can afford. I use Relpax, which I've found to be very effective. It can cause dizziness for some, but for me it usually makes me a little drowsy. Unfortunately, it can be pricey without insurance. But there are other medications out there your doctor can explore.

You might also want to ask your doctor about Topamax, which is actually an anti-seizure medication that has shown some great results in lessening migraines. Not only has this medication worked towards my migraines, it has also (I believe) kept the Meniere's at bay. And, there is now a generic available, so the price has come way down! (Generic name: Topiramate)

Good luck!

Old 08-17-2009, 06:21 PM   #3
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Re: Menieres & caffeine?

Yes, avoid caffeine! I have dizzy spells every once and awhile, though I hope it's not chronic like Menieres', I hope it's just labrynthitis, which is similar.

Anyway, I stopped drinking Barq's Root Beer (caffeinated) and switched to A&W (non caffeinated), and I also just drink decaf coffee now, and that has greatly improved my "condition". I never get any migraines, in fact my ONLY symptom, is the dizziness, though it's rarely debilitating. I'm very sorry for your condition, but yes, avoid caffeine when ever possible.

Old 08-17-2009, 08:14 PM   #4
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Re: Menieres & caffeine?

hi chele..i have tried relpax....its way too expensive..i will try to find an alternative. the brand of tecnal i was prescribed does NOT contain codiene. but not gonna take it anymore.
i have also cut way down on coffee & drink decaf..i still have a cup-o-tea daily.
i dont drink soda.

hmm the topomax sounds interesting..i dont think my dr would prescribe it..he is very "old school" & i dont think he stays up to date on current medical stuff. but couldnt hurt to ask.
thanks not sure if i have menieres or MAV....its VERY hard to get refered to a specialist here..they are all retired.

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