M. Dawn Nelson

M. Dawn Nelson

M. Dawn Nelson, PhD, is an associate professor of audiology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Central Michigan University. She teaches courses in vestibular disorders and assessment, electrophysiological assessment, and neuroanatomy.

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Should Patients Discontinue Medications Before Vestibular Testing?

The mandatory cessation of medications before vestibular testing is debatable. Patients seen for vestibular testing commonly are given pre-instructions that include a request to discontinue medications during the pre-evaluation time; typically for two days. It is unclear if these medication restrictions are based on scientific evidence or on tradition. Here we provide evidence for discontinuing or continuing medications and other substances before vestibular testing.

Topic(s): Vestibular