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
5
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

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 (3 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea headaches 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsy in morning fluid retention (edema) 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
aggressive behavior
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth feeling of heart pounding 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
difficulty falling asleep difficulty staying asleep 3 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
  • 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 19
30s 44
40s 92
50s 128
60s 106
70+ 48
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 14
20-29 years 39
30-39 years 53
40-49 years 64
50-59 years 41
60-69 years 18
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 84
Female 355

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 260
Not Diagnosed 31

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