Management of Dizziness and Vertigo

Jane Wong, PharmD Candidate; Jessin Philip, PharmD Candidate; Olga Hilas, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, CGP


US Pharmacist 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Dizziness is a nonspecific term used by patients to describe a sensation of altered spatial orientation. It encompasses a wide range of symptoms that vary from violent, spinning vertigo to vague symptoms of unsteadiness, lightheadedness, imbalance, disorientation, incoordination, and clumsiness. Vertigo is medically defined as an illusion of movement, or any abnormal sensation of motion between a patient and his or her surroundings.[1,2,3] Dizziness is a common complaint among patients, particularly in the elderly, and is often difficult to describe. Thus, it is important to understand the etiology of dizziness and vertigo in order to properly evaluate and manage patients.


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