Pentoxifylline in disorders involving hearing or dizziness.

Timothy C. Hain, MD

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Treatment of vertebrobasilarr insufficiency (VBI) is largely based on reducing vascular risk factors and fluctuations in blood pressure. Pentoxifyllne, a drug used for intermittent claudication, has been tried by a few investigators for VBI. This is not at all a mainstream therapy for VBI, but it is also unlikely to be harmful.

Availability

Pentoxifylline is a prescription drug in the US.

Reports of the effect of Pentoxifylline on hearing disorders

Side Effects

Cleary et al (1999) reported dizziness as a side effect of crushed and intact pentoxifylline tablets.

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