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Old 11-03-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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Singulair for sinusitis?

I'm not sure if I'm taking the right pills here. I've had a blocked nose for 8 months (when I got sick, I had never had this problem in my life before), it only got better during July-August, got the cold last month and I'm back to barely being able to breathe through my nose now. I also have horrible headaches every day. I decided to start taking Singulair (which my doctor had prescribed earlier this year) - and my headaches are gone, which is fantastic, but my nose is still blocked just like it was. It's been 2 weeks and no improvement in this department. Should I take something else? I really love not having horribly painful headaches but if there is something else that would also relieve my congestion, that would be perfect. Nasal sprays only relieve my symptoms for about an hour and you can only use them for a few days, so I'm not going there again.

help is much appreciated!

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Re: Singulair for sinusitis?

The singulair helping is a good indication that some of the problem is caused by allergies. An antihistamine like loratidine or fexophenadine (both OTC) may help, with or without some Sudafed as a decongestant, also OTC. If that isn't enough, your Dr may prescribe a nasal steroid spray which reduces the swelling in membranes. These work differently than the decongestant sprays OTC. All are compatible with Singulair.

 
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:26 AM   #3
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Re: Singulair for sinusitis?

thank you, I'm going to look those up. But isn't it weird singulair is only relieving my headaches and not my congestion? could it be due to heartburn? I've had it for years but I started taking rabeprazole (AcipHex) about 2 weeks ago, twice a day. I don't have it as bad but I still have it..

 
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