Ototoxicity Means “Ear Poisoning”

If your balance and hearing have been affected, you just might have been ototoxified.

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Depressing? No, let’s talk about upbeat things.

If you cook meth in your basement, that’s a fun cave.

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Alternatively, you might be caught and sent to prison, which is another fun cave.

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Speaking of drugs, here are major ones that can cause ototoxicity.

 

Ototoxicity = drug-induced damage to the ear

 

Furosemide (loop diuretic)

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NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)

 

Cisplatin and carboplatin (chemotherapy agents)

Aminoglycosides, such as gentamicin (antibiotics)

Vancomycin (antibiotic)

Erythromycin (antibiotic)

 

*German for and.

 

Renal failure can be another hazard for ototoxicity, given its impact on clearance.

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References

  1. Lustig, L. R. (2017, January). Drug-Induced Ototoxicity. MSD Manual Professional Version. Retrieved from http://www.msdmanuals.com/en-au/professional/ear,-nose,-and-throat-disorders/inner-ear-disorders/drug-induced-ototoxicity
  2. myVMC. (2015, September 30). Ototoxicity. Retrieved from https://www.myvmc.com/diseases/ototoxicity/
  3. KidsHealth. Ototoxicity (Ear Poisoning). Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/ototoxicity.html
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