How To Treat Vertigo: Medication For Dizziness

Everyone has experienced intermittent dizziness or lightheadedness at some point in their life. While some victims may know the source of their symptoms, others will question the cause of dizziness (vertigo).

Vertigo, lightheadedness, and syncope can sometimes go hand and hand, but this is not always the case. If you are suffering from episodic dizziness, you are probably trying to self-diagnose your condition, but if the symptom persists over a significant period of time, you should consult with your primary care physician.

Lightheadedness Causes

While most factors that are linked to vertigo are not considered serious, you will be relieved to learn that they are most often easy to treat. When the brain receives an insufficient supply of blood, then many alterations within the body can occur.

Hypotension (low blood pressure level) can lead to insufficient supply of blood to the brain. If your body is dehydrated or has an insufficient supply of water due to vomiting, diarrhea, or hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), your brain will receive an inadequate amount of blood. Standing up too quickly is another reason why blood flow going to the brain can be slowed down.

The three factors above can lead to vertigo, because they are all linked to decreased blood supply to the brain.

Causes Of Lightheadedness

Other factors that can be linked to vertigo is influenza, rhinitis (cold), hypoglycemia (low serum glucose level), and allergies. There are some serious conditions that are linked to vertigo, as well.

  • Internal bleeding due to trauma
  • CVA (stroke)
  • Cardiac disorders (heart attack, dysrhythmia)
  • Hypovolemic shock (losing 1/5 or more of the stored blood supply)
  • Brain cancer
  • Convulsions (seizures
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage (brain bleed)
  • Side effect of many medications

Treatments For Vertigo

If possible you should avoid sudden head and body positional changes and standing and sitting up too quickly, because these activities can lead to orthostatic hypotension.

  • Avoid exposure to bright lights
  • Reading in a dark environment
  • Avoid excessive duration of video gaming
  • Meclizine (antihistamine used to treat motion sickness and vertigo)
  • Monitor orthostatic blood pressures (take B/P when lying, sitting, and standing)

Omron 7 Series UltraSilent is one of the best wrist blood pressure monitors available on today’s market. It stores 100 readings along with the date and time taken, so you can monitor the fluctuations in your B/P levels.

If you want to learn more about the causes of dizziness, please read this article.

 

One comment

  • PonyGirl

    I have been plagued with vertigo for quite some tiny! It is very frightening. Thanks for the vertigo diagnosis.