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withdrawal from Zoloft cause of my tinnitus?

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I tried to wean off Zoloft back in October 2010 but because of the withdrawals, I had to go back on them. About 5 weeks of being back on them, I developed a ringing in my left ear. I told the doctor and she said she didn't think it was the cause of my tinnitus. I went to the ENT and he told me that a lot of antidepressants are toxic to the ear and it could very well be the cause. I took an audio exam, no hearing loss, and took an MRI which came back normal. I took the ENT's findings and went back to the doctor. She said if it is the Zoloft, to get off of them immediately. Well, I weaned off for 2 months and havent been taking them for 2 weeks. But within the last couple of days, my tinnitus has gotten WORSE! My hearing is also very sensitive. Is this apart of the withdrawal from Zoloft? If so, can I expect this to get better? Please help. I am losing hope rapidly.

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replied April 16th, 2011
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A21987
Welcome to ehealthforum,
If the tinnitus is going worse after stopping with medication use, then you should consider going ahead with getting repeat ENT examination along with audiogram test. Other ear problems should also be ruled out (ear wax, foreign body, fluid or infection in middle ear, affection of middle ear bones, affection of ear drum, possibility of brain or acoustic tumor, pulsatile tinnitus that accompanies your heart beat, Meniere’s disease, anemia, overactive thyroid gland, misalignment of TMJ joint). Avoid use of caffeine, chocolates, tea, colas, nicotine, high sodium in diet as these can also worsen the tinnitus. Minimize stress and anxiety related problems. Try with psychotherapy, meditation, deep breathing, yoga or relaxation techniques to see if these help.
Take care.

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