Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Sinusitis: Over-the-Counter Medicines
Medicines available without a prescription may help relieve
pain and promote sinus drainage. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. You can:
Be careful with cough and cold medicines. They may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems, so check the label first. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and weight.
Be careful when taking over-the-counter cold or flu medicines and Tylenol at the same time. Many of these medicines contain acetaminophen, which is Tylenol. Read the labels to make sure that you are not taking more than the recommended dose. Too much acetaminophen can be harmful.
Many doctors do not recommend using
antihistamines unless your symptoms are related to
having allergies. Antihistamines and decongestants may dry out the mucous membranes in your nose
and sinuses and slow the movement of the cilia (the tiny hairs that line the
nose, sinuses, and the air passages inside the lungs and that remove
irritants). This can make mucus thicker, adding to drainage problems. But
other experts believe antihistamines may help treat sinusitis by reducing the
amount of mucus that builds up in the sinus cavities. Don't give antihistamines
to your child unless you've checked with the doctor first.
Current as of:
January 24, 2014
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
250 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Contact Concord Hospital
View Quality Data
© 2014 Concord Hospital