What is the medical treatment for dizziness?
Treatment varies widely and depends on the cause of the patient's dizziness. Dizziness is often a symptom of other medical conditions. Treating the underlying illness or condition can improve the symptoms of dizziness. Some common treatments for conditions that cause dizziness include:
- If a serious medical problem is found to be the cause of a person's dizziness, such as a heart attack or stroke, an emergency
blood transfusion, intervention, or surgery may be needed.
- IV fluids may be given to treat dehydration.
- The patient may receive medications to control fever or treat infection.
- The patient may be given oxygen if they are short of breath or hyperventilating.
- If blood tests reveal abnormal blood chemistry (electrolyte levels), this will be corrected.
- Medications such as
meclizine (Antivert) or benzodiazepines (such as
[Ativan]) are used to control the spinning feeling associated with dizziness, when vertigo is a possible cause.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/13/2014
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