Been given Prozac for anxiety. I've heard it can cause tinnitus and it can be permanent, scared to take it. What are the chances of getting Tinnitus from it and do side effects usually subside, I've heard Prozac is ototoxic and can even cause deafness and damage your body?
I was on prozac for over 20 years. I would be remiss if I did not tell you that I did experience tinnitus occasionally, but I also have hearing problems and can't hear certain levels of sound at all. But that issue with hearing was all childhood based.
As a retired RN and prozac professional, try the prozac as your doc advised. And James, don't believe everything people say or you read. You might not be on the right site. The nih.gov or nimh.gov are valuable resources for health questions and other issues.
The Sweet Hippie,
Thanks for your replies everybody.
I had a friend who got permanent tinnitus from the drug or so he claimed which wasn't helped by letting my anxious mind spend hours crawling the net about Prozac side effects.
I don't suffer with depression, I was given it more for anxiety.
Any more replies and views I would really appreciate :)
There are many causes of tinnitus, and not all of them are drug related. If you are having problems with tinnitus, I would go see an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor and discuss your medications, and also what health conditions you have at this point. I have tinnitus, and it is caused by fibromyalgia. There is nothing that they can do for me.
Good luck, and I hope that you find your answers.
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