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Old 08-18-2001, 09:04 PM   #1
 
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Over the counter meds? Any recommendations?

Hello, I'm writing on behalf of my father who is taking meds for both high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Both are currently under control. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

We're trying to find over the counter type medications he can take safely for sinus headaches. We've found several diabetic friendly OTC cough/cold syrups, but no pills or liquids that seem to be specifically for those with HBP.

Can anyone give us brand names or specific info on what might be available out there? Thank you in advance. El.

 
Old 08-19-2001, 01:38 AM   #2
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Re: Over the counter meds? Any recommendations?

When you talk about relief for sinus headaches, surely the idea is to clear the sinuses and relieve pressure - which is what causes the headaches. In which case what's wrong with using stuff like Rhinocort or Beconase (Aussie TM's) which are steroid based OTC meds for sinus/hayfever problems (nasal sprays). Much more friendly to the body that all the pseudoephedrine based stuff that raises BP and has all sorts of side effects. Of course they may not be OTC in the US.

 
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Re: Over the counter meds? Any recommendations?

An old remedy for sinus problems is to make a solution of:
1 c. water, boiled
1/2 t. plain salt
1/2 t. baking soda
2 drops plain glycrin

Add salt and soda to water, stir to dissolve, strain thru coffee filter. Fill nasal spray bottles, add glycrin to each bottle. Make fresh every 2 weeks. There are preservatives and not safe to keep longer.

To use:
Lie on back, hang head off bed, squirt cooled solution in nostrils, turn head from side to side slowly, massage under eyes at cheekbone area.

When ready to get up say the letter "kkkkkkkk" without stopping to keep solution from going down throat. Let nose drip then gently blow.

This is an excellent sinus drano. Many of my husbands co-workers kept calling for the recipe after doctors could not clear up their sinus infections. It does really work and doctors are now recognizing it again as a good treatment.

Do not sniff this mixture because the lungs do not need the baking soda.

Teldrin is a plain anahistimine that works well for people with BP and diabetes.

Claritin (prescription) works for some people but it gave me a headache top of head.

Avoid deconjestants, they constrict bloodvessels, however, my doctors have told me to use Afrin on occassions but not often.

I also use Beconase (prescription) and do not have a problem with it bothering BP or diabetes.

 
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