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For people with a sinus infection (sinusitis), many medicines are available to treat the condition. With an acute sinus infection, options range from nonprescription decongestants and NSAIDs to prescription steroid nasal sprays and antibiotics. Although medications used for chronic sinusitis (such as leukotriene modifiers and oral steroids) usually can't cure the condition, they can help relieve symptoms and improve a person's quality of life.
An Overview of Medicines for Sinus InfectionsOne of the treatment choices for sinus infections is medication. The exact medicine recommended will depend on:
- The type of sinus infection (acute versus chronic)
- A person's symptoms
- Other treatments that have been tried
- Other medical conditions a person has.
Medications for an Acute Sinus InfectionThe majority of acute sinus infections are caused by a virus. As with other illnesses caused by a virus (such as the common cold), medicines are used to help with symptoms. They do not help speed up the recovery process.
- Budesonide nasal spray (Rhinocort Aqua®)
- Fluticasone propionate (Flonase®)
- Mometasone (Nasonex®)
- Flunisolide nasal solution (Nasarel®, Nasalide®)
- Beclomethasone dipropionate (Beconase®, Vancenase®)
- Triamcinolone acetonide (Nasacort®)
- Fluticasone furoate nasal spray (Veramyst®)
- Ciclesonide (Omnaris®).