SOME COMMONLY USED MEDICINAL SUBSTANCES REPORTED TO CAUSE HEARING LOSS
The link below takes you to a document that provides a list of generic names of commonly used medications that have been associated with hearing loss. It is not by any means a comprehensive list, as more than 100 classes of drugs have been associated with ototoxicity.
This list is more fully explained in the slide show presented by Dr. Leslie McCament-Mann, Associate Director of the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center, at the January 21, 2017 meeting of the Hearing Loss Association of America—Albuquerque Chapter. Please refer to the slides for additional information.
Always inquire about whether ototoxic side effects or drug interactions have been reported for a newly prescribed drug or over-the-counter (including herbal) medication. Express concerns to your doctor or pharmacist about your risk for drug-related hearing loss, and inquire about alternative agents that might carry less risk of ototoxicity.
Consult one of the recommended online resources, the drug package information leaflet, your doctor or pharmacist, and the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center for the most current information regarding potentially ototoxic substances.
NOTE: Anyone reviewing this list of ototoxic drugs is strongly
advised NOT to discontinue taking any prescribed medication
without first contacting the prescribing physician.