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Conditions We Treat: Vestibular Migraine

A vestibular migraine can cause vertigo, dizziness, nausea and vomiting with or without the throbbing headache that is typical of most migraines.

Vestibular Migraine: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

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  • Johns Hopkins neurologists have the expertise to diagnose this complex disorder and distinguish it from other similar causes of headache, dizziness and balance disorders such as vestibular neuritis or even stroke.
  • With a full understanding of neurological conditions affecting the vestibular system, experts at the Division of Neuro-Visual and Vestibular Disorders can recommend the most appropriate treatment for each individual, based on the latest research.
  • Our specialists can address vestibular migraine through a range of treatments, including medication and lifestyle counseling.

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Vestibular Migraine: Treatments

Treatment for vestibular migraine is similar to that for other migraines, and may include medicine to stop or prevent an episode.

These are just some of the medications that your doctor may recommend:

  • Beta blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Serotonin or serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs or SNRIs)
  • Topiramate

In addition, avoiding triggers, getting adequate sleep, managing stress, and making other lifestyle changes can help you reduce the number and severity of vestibular migraine attacks.

Your Neuro-Visual and Vestibular Team

Dr. Newman-TokerDr. Newman-Toker, Director, Division of Neuro-Visual & Vestibular Disorders

Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to advancing neuro-visual and vestibular conditions’ treatment and research, and improving patients' lives.


Daniel Gold, D.O. 
Amir Kheradmand, M.D.
David Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D.
David Zee, M.D.

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Maryland Patients

To request an appointment or refer a patient, please contact the Vestibular Disorder Staff at 410-955-9313.
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Adult Neurology: 410-955-9441
Pediatric Neurology: 410-955-4259
Adult Neurosurgery: 410-955-6406
Pediatric Neurosurgery: 410-955-7337


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