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Dizziness (cont.)

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 diazepam [Valium], lorazepam [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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