Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

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What is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo?

Positional vertigo (dizziness) is a disorder caused by problems in the inner ear. It is characterized by repeated episodes of positional vertigo that produces a spinning sensation caused by changes in the position of the head.

Common symptoms reported by people with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
6
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Treatment name(s)

(Codeine Contin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)

Data from patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (5 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
aggressive behavior dizziness with disorientation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness thirst
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
vertigo blurry vision 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Codeine Contin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation itching 4 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
tingling
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has benign paroxysmal positional vertigo on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 14
30s 39
40s 93
50s 112
60s 69
70+ 33
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 12
20-29 years 36
30-39 years 53
40-49 years 59
50-59 years 38
60-69 years 16
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 64
Female 299

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 241
Not Diagnosed 30

These charts show data from BPPV patients who have completed their condition history
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