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Which over-the-counter medicine will treat a sinus cold?

Which over-the-counter medicine will treat a sinus cold?

Cold - not actual: Sinus infection. Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Might I take two different sinus cold medicines at the same time?

Might I take two different sinus cold medicines at the same time?

Not wise: It is not wise to take 2 meds unless you are sure there won't be interactions between the meds. Many of these affect things like your heart rate, and combining them can be worse than additive. If you have symptoms you are trying to clear that one alone does not take care of, consider other measures such as humidity, fluids and sinus rinse that have no side effects. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter meds I can take for cold plugged sinus plus ear ache?

What is the best over-the-counter meds I can take for cold plugged sinus plus ear ache?

See your pharmacist: Pharmacists know so much more than we may give them credit for. They speak to many customers and get feedback on their otc meds. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a cough and sinus cold? Been using abuterol no help. Any home remedies that can help?

What's the best way to treat a cough and sinus cold? Been using abuterol no help. Any home remedies that can help?

URI: Use nasal irrigation with saline (Neti-pot), OTC decongestants, cough syrup with dextromethorphan or a combination medication (check with your friendly pharmacist). Drink lots of liquids and rest as much as possible. Wish you better soon. ...Read more

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What's a good over-the-counter medicine for a head cold (sinus)?

What's a good over-the-counter medicine for a head cold (sinus)?

Colds: First of all, drink plenty of fluids and rest, if possible. To help with a stuffy nose, try saline nasal spray as often as necessary. A good decongestant is Pseudoephedrine taken orally - either liquid or pill. ...Read more

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What over the counter medicine can she use if she has symptoms of cold, sinus, or flu? She's a breastfeeding mother.

What over the counter medicine can she use if she has symptoms of cold, sinus, or flu? She's a breastfeeding mother.

Cold and BF: Can use simple OTC for cold while BF.
ie: Sudogest, Dimetapp. Tylenol q 4 hrs if needed
for pain, temp. Just observe while BF. If cold worsens
contact an MD internist per Healthtap. ...Read more

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Can Pepcid (famotidine) be taken with cold medicine? Taken over-the-counter cold meds, liquid and pills, but have really bad heartburn.

Can Pepcid (famotidine) be taken with cold medicine? Taken over-the-counter cold meds, liquid and pills, but have really bad heartburn.

It's OK: Pepcid is a type of histamine blocker that is not found in any cold products. You need to be careful with cold meds because they have multiple ingredients. I advise my patients to take only OTC meds that have 1 ingredient! If you need pain relief - take ibuprofen. If you need cough suppressant - take robitussin (guaifenesin). If you need decongestant - take sudafed. Even I get confused in that aisle!!! ...Read more

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Which symptoms of a sinus infection will OTC cold medicines alleviate?

Which symptoms of a sinus infection will OTC cold medicines alleviate?

Multiple: Otc cold medicines can alleviate almost every symptom:
-pain/pressure (acetaminophen, ibuprophen)
-congestion (phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine)
-drainage (antihistamines)

i would look directly for these ingredients to see what you are targeting. If not improving, an prescription antibiotic would be needed for the infection. ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter cold medicines can be taken with keppra (levetiracetam)?

Which over-the-counter cold medicines can be taken with keppra (levetiracetam)?

Virtually any: See, Keppra (levetiracetam) has few if any drug interactions, and that allows virtually any remedy to be used in combination. But recognize that Keppra (levetiracetam) can cause drowsiness, and some OTC remedies also cause this, prohibiting safe driving perhaps. ...Read more

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Please answer! What over-the-counter cold medicines can be taken with keppra (levetiracetam)?

Most can be used: Keppra (levetiracetam) has almost no drug-drug interactions, but the side effects of drowsiness and dizziness could be made worse by anti-histamines or other sedating OTC remedies. ...Read more

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Can u take otc sinus cold pills n azo fot bladder infection?

Can u take otc sinus cold pills n azo fot bladder infection?

No: Over the counter AZO or cold preparations may ease some of the pain/discomfort symptoms associated with a urinary tract infection but do nothing to treat the infection, which may become systemic and lead to sepsis in the long run. It is important that you see a doctor and get started on an antibiotic and have a urine culture to confirm infection and effective antibiotic regimens. ...Read more

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My husband was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure and is on 3 medications. What over the counter medications can he take for sinus/cold?

My husband was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure and is on 3 medications. What over the counter medications can he take for sinus/cold?

One without deconges: Do not use a decongestant which will increase the blood pressure. He can discuss this with his physicains. Depending on his total health coud try Mucinex, (guaifenesin) nasal spray for 3 days but no more. ...Read more

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What can take for sinus cold if I am on thyroid medicine. My body is aches and and my head hurts too.

What can take for sinus cold if I am on thyroid medicine. My body is aches and and my head hurts too.

Usually ok: As long as your thyroid level is normal while on thyroid hormone, you should be able to take any medication necessary for your cold. Warnings that you see on labels relate to people with untreated thyroid disease or people with abnormal thyroid levels. ...Read more

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What OTC medicines can I use to relieve mucus right frontal sinus and sphenoid sinus. And sinusitis in ethmoid. Had severe pain pressure eye, head?

What OTC medicines can I use to relieve mucus right frontal sinus and sphenoid sinus. And sinusitis in ethmoid. Had severe pain pressure eye, head?

Mucinex, (guaifenesin) afrin: Otc meds to reduce sinus pressure include muxinex, saline nose sprays and even afrin, a nasal decongestant but do not use afrin for more than two consecutive days because it may cause side effects. Sudafed or otc decongestants can help but they may cause hypertension. ...Read more

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I get such sinus headaches that over-the-counter medicine doesn't work. Is there anything else?

I get such sinus headaches that over-the-counter medicine doesn't work. Is there anything else?

Sinus Headaches: This is a common question that can frustrate the physician. One should treat the underlying cause of the headaches rather than just taking something to relieve the symptoms. I would advise you to get to a sinus specialist. ...Read more

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Are there any effective over-the-counter medicines for chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis: Salt water washes twice daily would be a great start. Adding a nasal saline mist three to four times per day would help to keep moisture present. And a non-sedating antihistamine would be the final thing to consider. Never afrin or dristan. Sudafed also has many unwanted side effects. ...Read more

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Which symptoms of a sinus infection will cold medicine alleviate?

Some: Usually cough medicine will help alleviate stuffy, runny nose, and aches depending on the medicine you use. They may also alleviate cough and post nasal drip. ...Read more

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My nose is stuffy and dry what over-the-counter medicines I can use to fix this I believe that's a sinus problem?

My nose is stuffy and dry what over-the-counter medicines I can use to fix this I believe that's a sinus problem?

Allergies?: This may be due to allergies- check this out with your physician or allergist. In teh meawhile a safe, non-medication nasla spary you can use is saline. This is a specific concentration of salt in water. It willmoisten your nasal cavities and help the stuffiness. ...Read more

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Have sinus headaches for about a week. Taking sinutabs with temporary relief. Constant drainage any recommendations for over-the-counter medicines?

Have sinus headaches for about a week. Taking sinutabs with temporary relief. Constant drainage any recommendations for over-the-counter medicines?

Nasal irrigation: Nasal irrigation is safe and effective. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp pure sodium chloride (no additives) and 1/4 - 1/2 tsp baking soda (not baking powder) to 8 oz of body temperature distilled/previously boiled water, the solution is compatible with your nasal passages. Can use bulb or neti-pot or generic nasal irrigation kit to flush out nasal passages. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medicine can I take for sinus and throat infection?

OTC cold meds: Most over the counter cold medications combine antihistamines, decongestants and cough suppressants. People with hypertension should avoid those with pseudoephedrine. Guaifenesin is available is some preparations and is a great addition to the combination as it can thin secretions and promote drainage (MUST drink plenty of water for this to work properly). ...Read more

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Can I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) for sinusitis? If not is there any other over-the-counter medicine alternative to clindomycin?

Can I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) for sinusitis? If not is there any other over-the-counter medicine alternative to clindomycin?

They're different.: Clindamycin is an antibiotic that is not commonly used for initial treatment of sinusitis. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is a medication that may help you because it loosens thick mucus. Also try a decongestant like pseudoephedrine (e.g., Sudafed) and saline sinus rinses for best results. It is not recommended to start antibiotics for sinusitis unless not improving after 7 days. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more