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Blondee15 01-31-2006 04:29 PM

Sinus sufferers- alternative to Augmentin XR?
Just wondering if there is a comparable alternative to Augmentin XR. I've taken a round of Biaxin and a round of Omnicef with little help. I have severe sinusitis that is antibiotic resistant and I was giving Augmentin XR 4000 mg/day for "two weeks after I feel completely better"- meaning I have to take it until I feel completely better, then take it for two more weeks.
I have a hard time swallowing large pills. Augmentin XR can't be cut up or crushed nor can I have a liquid or chewable because of the high dose I need.
It's the last resort before sinus surgery apparently. I didn't know how bad my sinuses were until today when a CT scan showed serious infection in my sinuses behind my cheekbones.
Are nebulized antibiotics as effective? What about injected antibiotics? I really have SUCH a hard time taking the pills I am desperate. But I don't want surgery either. Am I really stuck? Is there anything else that can be done BESIDES Augmentin for severe bacterial sinusitis (that is antibiotic resistant)?

dvachon 01-31-2006 06:46 PM

Re: Sinus sufferers- alternative to Augmentin XR?
Ask your doc for a glutathione nasal spray. Its an antioxidant spray. I suffered from sinus infection for 10 months, then had nasal polyps. Thanks to the glutathione nasal spray I didnt need surgery. It got rid of the polyps. I have a bit of inflammation above the eyes in my sinuses. Doc said to use Xlear which is a xylitol nasal spray. Its working. The swelling is going down. I use the Xlear spray twice a day. Once in the morning and once before bed. Its important to use it right before bed as it sits in the sinuses and clears up the bacteria. I also chew 1 piece of xylitol gum a day to keep the jaws moving to get appropriate drainage from the sinuses. Also changed my diet. No more dairy product, sugar or bread. I eat oatmeal, soups, fish, etc. I take cod liver oil and wild fish oils everyday. Doc said to use the glutathione nasal spray anytime I get a cold or flu in the future. The ENT was impressed by the glutathione nasal spray. My doc said I bet the specialist will advise his patients to use the spray in the future. I had used so many things before the gluathione and nothing worked. I tried biaxin, cefuroxime, nasonex, flonase and all of those did not work. I didnt think I was going to make it as I was so weak. So gluathione saved my life. Now that Im done with the glutathione spray doc said to take the glutathione supplement.

osmonxp 02-01-2006 06:53 AM

Re: Sinus sufferers- alternative to Augmentin XR?
Is the glutathione spray by prescription only? If not, could you tell us the name of the one you use? Thank you.

sneezydiva 02-01-2006 08:41 PM

Re: Sinus sufferers- alternative to Augmentin XR?
Augmentin comes in various doses. Maybe you could take 2 smaller pills instead of one horse pill

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