Are there any over-the-counter medicines for tinnitus?

Yes. There are over-the-counter medicines available for the treatment of tinnitus. The over-the-counter preparations are mainly composed of the active ingredients Ginkgo Biloba and Etilefrin. In addition, natural remedies such as rose root and taiga root can help against tinnitus. But beware: being available free does not mean it is free from side effects.

Ginkgo biloba

The ginkgo tree is an ancient, originally native to China medicinal plant, which improves blood circulation and memory. The active ingredients of the plant are mainly found in ginkgo leaves. The extracted extract is said to improve the fluidity of the blood and thus contribute to a better blood supply to the ear, so that the tinnitus is perceived quieter.

In addition, Ginkgo is due to its action against bacteria and fungi affect the ears and help to alleviate an already existing infection. Whether or not ginkgo can actually help with tinnitus has yet to be proven scientifically.


The drug causes the vessels to narrow and stimulates the heart to beat harder. It raises the blood pressure and comes in circulatory problems such as dizziness, weakness, blackness in front of the eyes and sweating used. Etilefrin generally works in conditions that are caused by low blood pressure (hypotension).

Rose root and taiga root

The extract from the "Golden Root", as the root of rose is also called, should have a positive effect on physical and mental states of exhaustion (stress) and prevent cell damage. It influences central messengers such as serotonin and dopamine, which are important for our mood and concentration.

In addition, rose root is said to fuel the so-called happiness hormones, while the release of stress hormones is dampened. With tinnitus, rosacea may cause it to be less disturbing.

The taiga root should also have a similar effect and prevent stress and stress. It is said to have stimulating and immune-enhancing effects.

The following over-the-counter medicines can be used for tinnitus. The active ingredients are available either in the form of film-coated tablets, capsules, drops or as a solution in the pharmacy.

  • Gingiloba
  • Craton
  • Gingium
  • Binko
  • Ginkopur
  • Kaveri
  • Rökan
  • Tebonin
  • Thomasin
  • Effortil
  • Rhodiolan
  • Siberian ginseng

Questionable effect

Important: Even if these medicines are free of prescription for tinnitus, those affected should not take them without prior consultation with the doctor or pharmacist.

Because the blood-thinning property of ginkgo preparations, for example, negative impact in combination with other drugs (interactions are possible) impact. In addition, it can come as with any other drug to side effects. In addition, the preparations are not suitable for all persons (for example pregnant women).

Overall, all drugs used in tinnitus lack valid scientific evidence about their effectiveness. This also applies to over-the-counter preparations and dietary supplements. There are still many high-quality and meaningful studies needed to evaluate what really annoys annoying auditory noise.

Authors: Nina Schratt-Peterz, Eva Bauer (doctor)