British Tinnitus Association

Decongestants cause a spike?

Hi there just wondering if anyone else finds decongestants and cold medications cause their tinnitus to spike? I've had a nasty virus this week and been taking beechams all-in-one liquid and my T has been going nuts.

I've just remembered I was taking decongestants at the start of my T and wondered then if they were making it worse-Bev x

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I think its due to the virus but you could try steam inhalation as its a natural thing for clearing your tubes out ...lots of love glynis

Hope you feel better soon!

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Thanks Glynis! I am feeling a lot better today, my T was very quiet for the 1st hour this morning, took a dose of Beechams, then half hour later it started screeching at me and hadn't stopped 😞 Suppose that's the nature of the beast, you never know what it going to do-Bev x

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A pharmacist told me months ago that decongestants work as a stimulant on the body in a similar way to caffeine, you shouldn't take them on an evening, possibly this could affect T? Who knows x

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Hi. I have found this - especially the stronger ones prescribed by go or ENT -agree with MrsHanson. It felt like they were ' stinging ' my brain and each time my tinnitus wenthe up in pitch and loudness - alas my spikes never come down so I don't use anything other than steam ☺

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I find the same, particularly medicines/remedies containing pseudoephedrine (sudafed). It raises blood pressure throughout and causes my T to go mental. As Glynis advises, I now use a steamer and a towel. Good luck paul

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That was so true for me. The sea salt nose spray made it go crazy!! As did listening to some high pitched tonal sounds on the net. Very interesting. Frightening, if you never knew it was going to come down. But I just told myself it would and it did. I'm sure blood pressure has everything to do with it and aurally, you pick upon this. I know from experience that just being in pain can spike your blood pressure by a great deal, so I'm sure any illness would have a similar effect, and, of course, stress. As for exercise, my heavy breathing probably puts it in the shade! These are only my early impressions. All the best.

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