Stronger pain relievers are available by
How It Works
These medicines reduce fever and
relieve pain associated with
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 of analgesics may
- 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
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.
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
If you give medicine to your baby, follow your doctor’s advice about what amount to give.
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