Mucolytics for Sinusitis
How It Works
Guaifenesin may help thin the
mucus, improving drainage of mucus from the nose and
Why It Is Used
Guaifenesin may be used to treat
symptoms caused by acute or chronic sinusitis. It is usually used along with
antibiotics and home treatment.
How Well It Works
Guaifenesin has not been proved to
be effective in reducing symptoms of sinusitis, but it is widely used.
In general, guaifenesin is safe for all
people when used as directed.
See Drug Reference for a full list
of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Guaifenesin is inexpensive and
available without a prescription. There is no evidence showing that it is
effective in treating sinusitis.
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.
It is often combined with another
medicine such as a cough suppressant or decongestant.
Mucolytics may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems. Before you use them, check the label. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and in some cases weight.
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