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Sinus Headache (cont.)

Medications

Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) and ibuprofen (Motrin and others) can help control pain.

Decongestant medications such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) may be useful in promoting drainage of the sinuses. People with high blood pressure or heart conditions should check with their health care practitioner before using these medications. A number of over-the-counter decongestant medications are available, either singly or in combination with antihistamines, pain relievers, and/or anti-inflammatory medications.

Decongestant nasal sprays are also available that contain decongestant medications, but these should not be used for more than three days, due to the possibility of rebound inflammation, a worsening of the condition once use of the spray has stopped.

Inhaled steroid preparations are sometimes prescribed to treat allergic sinusitis, and bacterial infections of the sinuses are treated with antibiotics.

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