Lung and respiratory problems

Sinusitis

(Sinus infection)

  • Also known as
  • Sinus inflammation

About Sinusitis

Sinusitis means your sinuses are inflamed. The cause can be an infection or another problem. Your sinuses are hollow air spaces within the bones surrounding the nose. They produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If your nose is swollen, this can block the sinuses and cause pain.

There are several types of sinusitis, including

  • Acute, which lasts up to 4 weeks
  • Subacute, which lasts 4 to 12 weeks
  • Chronic, which lasts more than 12 weeks and can continue for months or even years
  • Recurrent, with several attacks within a year

Acute sinusitis often starts as a cold, which then turns into a bacterial infection. Allergies, nasal problems, and certain diseases can also cause acute and chronic sinusitis.

Symptoms of Sinusitis
  • Sinus pain
  • Mucus
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Headache

Top Medications for Sinusitis according to our users

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All Medications for Sinusitis

  • Antibiotic > Penicillin

    • Augmentin
      (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)
      Prescription only

      Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it will make birth control pills less effective. It also has to be taken with food since it can cause an upset stomach.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
  • Antibiotic > Sulfonamide

  • Antibiotic > Macrolide

    • Azithromycin
      Prescription only

      Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Eye drops
  • Antibiotic > Fluoroquinolone

    • Levaquin
      (Levofloxacin)
      Prescription only

      Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it can cause damage to your tendons, and make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
    • Cipro
      (Ciprofloxacin)
      Prescription only

      Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Infusion (IV)

Medication side effects for Sinusitis

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  • Levaquin: 2%
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At this end, no one is expected to have abdominal pain

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have abdominal pain

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Sinusitis

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • I almost died from a sinus infection it went into meningitus and septscemia I was give 1 year on ciprofloxin and doxy cyclone and was not sick one day during that time
What’s your best coping strategy?

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Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Non-caffeinated fluids; always get your daily dose of water