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Medications for Sinus Symptoms

What is Sinus Symptoms:  Sinus symptoms are associated with a variety of upper respiratory tract disorders including the common cold, sinus infection, hay fever and are characterized by congestion of the nasal mucous membrane, watery nasal rhinorrhea, facial pain especially around eyes, nose & forehead, earache, dental pain, sneezing, fever and bad breath.

Medications to treat Sinus Symptoms

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Advil Cold and Sinus C N X 22 reviews
8.0

Generic name: ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Nasonex C N 5 reviews
3.0

Generic name: mometasone nasal

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Sudafed PE Pressure + Pain N N X 1 review
4.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
mometasone C N 5 reviews
3.0

Generic name: mometasone nasal

Brand name:  Nasonex

Drug class: nasal steroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
Aleve-D Sinus & Cold N N X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: naproxen / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
guaifenesin / phenylephrine C N 5 reviews
10

Generic name: guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Deconex, Gilphex TR, Deconex IR, Aldex G, Aquatab D, Crantex, D-Phen 1000, Donatussin Drops, Duravent PE, Guiatex PE, Liquibid-PD, MucaphEd, Nariz, Prolex D, Rescon-GG, Supress-PE, Triaminic Chest & Nasal Congestion, Xpect-PE, Zotex-GP

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine C N X 26 reviews
8.0

Generic name: ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Advil Cold and Sinus, Advil Cold and Sinus Liqui-Gels, Advil Children's Cold, Motrin Childrens Cold

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Allergy Multi-Symptom N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Tylenol Allergy Multi-Symptom N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu Relief N N X 1 review
10

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine N N X 1 review
10

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Allergy Multi-Symptom, Tylenol Allergy Multi-Symptom, Norel AD, Tylenol Sinus Congestion & Pain Nighttime, Dristan Cold Multi Symptom Formula, Robitussin Peak Cold Nighttime Nasal Relief, Comtrex Flu Therapy, Comtrex Severe Cold & Sinus, Contac Cold + Flu (Night Formula), GNP Cold Relief Plus, Medicidin-D, Onset Forte, PX Allergy Sinus PE, Super Strength Sinadrin, Tylenol Plus Children's Cold

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Sudafed 12 Hour Pressure+Pain N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: naproxen / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / phenylephrine N N X 1 review
4.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Sudafed PE Pressure + Pain, Tylenol Sinus + Headache Day, Vicks Sinex Daytime, Excedrin Sinus Headache, Robitussin Peak Cold Nasal Relief, Contac Cold + Flu (Day Formula), Mapap Sinus Congestion and Pain, Sinus Congestion and Pain Daytime Cool Ice, Vicks QlearQuil Daytime Sinus & Congestion

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Tylenol Sinus + Headache Day N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / pseudoephedrine N N X 6 reviews
10

Generic name: acetaminophen / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Allerest No Drowsiness, Ornex, Tavist Sinus, Dristan Cold Non-Drowsy, Nexafed Sinus Pressure + Pain, Ornex Maximum Strength, Sinarest Sinus, Sine-Off Maximum Strength

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Advil Cold and Sinus Liqui-Gels C N X 2 reviews
10

Generic name: ibuprofen / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Vicks Sinex Daytime N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
dexbrompheniramine / pseudoephedrine C N X 10 reviews
10

Generic name: dexbrompheniramine / pseudoephedrine systemic

Brand names:  Drixoral Cold and Allergy, Dixaphedrine, Conex

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
Norel AD N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Deconex C N Add review Rate

Generic name: guaifenesin / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Excedrin Sinus Headache N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Tylenol Sinus Congestion & Pain Nighttime N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: acetaminophen / chlorpheniramine / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine N N X 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: acetaminophen / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine systemic

Brand names:  Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu Relief, Comtrex Cold and Cough Maximum Strength, Robitussin Peak Cold Daytime Cold + Flu, Sudafed PE Pressure+Pain+Cough, Theraflu Warming Relief Daytime Severe Cold & Cough, Tylenol Cold Max Day, Comtrex Cold & Cough, Flu & Severe Cold & Cough Daytime Powder, Mapap Cold Formula, Theraflu Daytime Severe Cold & Cough

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
Advil Congestion Relief D N X Add review Rate

Generic name: ibuprofen / phenylephrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
Aleve-D Sinus & Headache N N X Add review Rate

Generic name: naproxen / pseudoephedrine systemic

Drug class: upper respiratory combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 
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Alternative treatments for Sinus Symptoms

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Sinus Symptoms. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Sinus Symptoms.

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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