Tinnitus: When the Ears Ring

Joshua J. Pray; W. Steven Pray

US Pharmacist. 2005;30(6) 

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The Internet is rapidly replacing the printed media as the major source of information for patients. Unfortunately, various Web sites contain unreliable information on the treatment of tinnitus. One site promotes a combination supplement, the main ingredient of which is reportedly vinpocetine, a periwinkle-derived herb of unknown safety and efficacy for human ingestion.[13,14] Another promotes ingredients of unproven efficacy containing highly diluted extracts of quinine sulfate, Peruvian bark, unroasted coffee, plumbago, club moss, sodium salicylate, or salicylic acid.[15] Yet another site recommends bee venom for tinnitus.[16] In this era of evidence-based medicine, pharmacists should caution against unproven products at all times, referring the patient to legitimate sources of medical information instead.

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