Meniere's Disease

You have Meniere's disease. Meniere's disease is a term for the recurrent symptoms (problems) of vertigo (the room or you seem to spin around), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and hearing loss. The cause is unknown. These episodes often come on suddenly and without warning. They are sometimes associated with nausea (feeling sick to your stomach) and vomiting. There is no cure. A number of strategies may help the symptoms. Surgical help is available if conservative measures fail.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • If you smoke, STOP.

  • Restrict your salt intake.

  • Stop caffeine consumption (caffeinated coffee, sodas, and chocolate).

  • Do not drive during or near the time of attacks.

  • Over the counter Antivert® (meclizine®) at a 25 mg dosage 3 times per day may be helpful.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Nausea and vomiting are continuous.

  • You have no relief from vertigo.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.