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Analgesics for Sinusitis


Examples

Generic NameBrand Name
acetaminophenTylenol, Bayer, Advil, Motrin, Aleve
aspirinTylenol, Bayer, Advil, Motrin, Aleve
ibuprofenTylenol, Bayer, Advil, Motrin, Aleve
naproxenTylenol, Bayer, Advil, Motrin, Aleve

Stronger pain relievers are available by prescription.

How It Works

These medicines reduce fever and relieve pain associated with sinusitis.

Why It Is Used

Analgesics may be used to reduce fever and relieve headache, toothache, and facial pain caused by infection, inflammation, or congestion in the sinuses.

How Well It Works

Analgesics are helpful in reducing fever and relieving pain caused by sinusitis.

Side Effects

Side effects of analgesics may include:

  • Allergic reactions.
  • Bleeding, which may occur with aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen.
  • A sensation of ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

Do not give aspirin to anyone under age 20 because of the risk of Reye syndrome.

See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)

What To Think About

These medicines are effective, inexpensive, and available without a prescription. But do not use them for more than 5 to 7 days in a row without talking with your doctor.

Saline (saltwater) nasal sprays and washes may help clear up a stuffy nose. Both are available at pharmacies without a prescription. A humidifier may also help thick or dried mucus to drain.

Aspirin and other medicines that reduce inflammation may not be recommended for people who have asthma because they are known to trigger asthma attacks in some people.

These medicines should be used carefully in people who have liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease, or who have an alcohol use problem.

People who are taking medicines to prevent blood clots should talk with their doctor before using these medicines.

If you give medicine to your baby, follow your doctor's advice about what amount to give.

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Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDonald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
Last RevisedAugust 3, 2010

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