Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Acoustic Schwannoma Home Care

Home care for an acoustic neuroma includes:

  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Avoid rapid movements of the head and neck.
  • Lie still in a comfortable position.
  • Do not climb stairs.
  • Do not walk if you are dizzy or your balance is poor.
  • Use a walker if necessary.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Acoustic Schwannoma Pain

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with an acoustic neuroma include:


Acetaminophen
  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.

Aspirin

Ibuprofen

Naproxen

Ketoprofen

NSAID Precautions

Acoustic Schwannoma Warning Signs

Notify your doctor for an acoustic neuroma and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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