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Sinusitis and Oral Decongestants

Read more about Oral Decongestants.

Effect of Oral Decongestants on Sinusitis

Common brand names include:

  • Sudafed
  • Actifed
  • Drixoral

These drugs help shrink the nasal passageways and may make it easier and more comfortable for you to breathe.

Side Effects and Warnings

If you are taking any other medications, check with your doctor before beginning to use these medications. Avoid using caffeinated products while you’re taking these drugs. Don’t drink alcohol, take sedative medications, or use monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) antidepressants while you are taking oral decongestants.

Before you take oral decongestants, check with your doctor if you have other medical conditions, particularly:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Prostate problems or other conditions that make it difficult for you to urinate
  • Migraine headaches
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Emphysema or chronic bronchitis

Possible side effects include:

  • Racing heart
  • Feelings of agitation, anxiety
  • Sleepiness
  • Increased blood pressure