What drugs are used to treat sinus infections?
Question posted by tickledhorse on 31 Dec 2012
Last updated on 8 February 2013
Hi Tickled- My history with sinus infections is fortunate . I rarely rarely get them but most in my family do.Historically,For sinus pressure there's really only 2 OTC ingredients- pseudophenedrine and phenylephrine. You can try phenylephrine, it's also in the Sudafed brand, but it will be the one on the shelf, not behind the counter.
However, pseudophedrine works best, all you have to do is sign for it and show a license, no big deal. Takes a couple extra minutes. An Advil Cold and Sinus (or the generic equivalent) would be good, it's behind the counter and it has Ibuprofen and Pseudophedrine, which will really help the pressure and inflammation.Sorry and good luck, RC4
Sinupretsa covered it all :) My personal favorite is ZITHROMAX in a Z-pack, as its higher doses of meds but can be taken in 5 days so you're not on prolonged antibiotic therapy. A great OTC med for congestion is Mucinex ( think 650 mg is the dose, may be higher) twice daily. It's really a wonder drug for colds and sinus congestion.
Feel better soon!!!
The following drugs can be used to treat sinus infections; antibiotics like amoxicillin amoxicillin-clavulanate, Augmentin, azithromycin Zithromax, levofloxacin Levaquin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole Bactrim Septra.
Nasal decongestants that contain antihistamines like: pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, oxymetazoline (Afrin), chlorzoxazone (Forte).
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