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What can I do about the dizziness that accompanies my otosclerosis?

Your doctor may suggest certain exercises that can help you learn to maintain your balance; a physical or occupational therapist may help you learn these exercises, too. Some drugs that can help reduce the feelings of dizziness include Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) and meclizine (Antivert). Your doctor can help you determine if these medications might assist you.

You may wish to cut down on caffeine, since it can constrict your blood vessels and make you feel even more dizzy. If you can, sit or lie down when you feel dizzy, and make sure that your environment doesn't contain a lot of things you could trip over. If your dizziness is affecting your driving, you may wish to ask friends or family to drive you, or to travel another way (e.g. by public transit).

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