Abstract Title:

Radical scavengers for Ménière's disease after failure of conventional therapy: a pilot study.

Abstract Source:

Chem Biol Interact. 2010 Oct 6;188(1):144-50. PMID: 12953767

Abstract Author(s):

Masaya Takumida, Matti Anniko, Makiko Ohtani


OBJECTIVE: To perform a trial to assess the efficacy of radical scavengers, i.e. rebamipide, vitamin C and glutathione, for the treatment of Ménière's disease (MD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Rebamipide (300 mg/day), vitamin C (600 mg/day) and/or glutathione (300 mg/day) were given orally for at least 8 weeks to 25 patients with poorly controlled MD. RESULTS: Of 22 patients, 21 showed marked improvement of vertigo; 12/27 ears showed improvement of hearing disorders; 17/27 ears showed improvement of tinnitus; and 18/25 patients showed improvement of disability. CONCLUSION: This study suggests that treatment using radical scavengers has the potential to become an effective new therapy for MD.

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