Many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause ringing in the ears (tinnitus). A few examples are:
- Aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin), and naproxen (such as Aleve).
- Some blood pressure and heart medicines.
- Some antidepressants.
- Some cancer medicines.
If ringing in the ears occurs after you have taken a medicine:
- Call the doctor who prescribed the medicine to determine whether you should stop taking the medicine or take a different one. An appointment may not be needed.
- If you are taking a nonprescription medicine, stop taking it. Call your doctor if you feel you need to continue taking the medicine.
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Clinical Review Board:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine