Sinus Headaches


Acetaminophen and Sinus Headaches

Business worker at office with sinus painWhen you’re not feeling well, especially if you have a sinus headache, you may reach for something to relieve your pain. You’ll very likely choose one of two over-the-counter common pain relievers:

  • NSAIDs
  • Acetaminophen

NSAIDs are a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that comes in three forms: aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, Excedrin), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve). These pills come with the risk of the side effects, the degree of which depending on factors such as age, medical issues and drug interactions.

People who can’t, or rather not, take NSAIDs, may take acetaminophen, brand name Tylenol. Acetaminophen is an analgesic and an antipyretic (used to prevent or relieve fever) drug. The risk of side effects acetaminophen are rare, but do exist. Healthline lists them as:

  • Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • Breathing problems
  • Fever or sore throat
  • Redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • Trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Unusual weakness or exhaustion
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin

It is very important to take the prescribed dosage of acetaminophen because of the possibility of overdosing. It’s also important to be aware whether or not the other medicines you are taking contain the drug because of overdose risk. Signs of an overdose (per Drugs.com) include:

First 24 hours:

  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and loss of appetite
  • Paleness
  • Tiredness
  • Sweating

24 to 72 hours after the overdose, you may also have any of the following:

  • Pain in your upper right side
  • Dark urine
  • Urinating less often than usual
  • Skin and the whites of your eyes turn yellow

72 to 96 hours after the overdose, you may also have any of the following:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Fever, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Extreme weakness or tiredness
  • Feeling very hungry, or shaking
  • Blurred vision, a fast heartbeat, or headache that will not go away
  • Trouble staying awake
  • Confusion
  • Coma

If you experience any of these symptoms, get emergency help immediately. There are tests and treatments that can be done to detect and counteract the overdose, and the sooner the better. Overdose can lead to liver damage.

Even with a safe dosage, talking acetaminophen carries risks. Before you take it, contact your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have liver disease or drink alcohol often. Also, Mayo Clinic warns that taking acetaminophen may cause false results with glucose and other medical tests.

For most people, at the right dosage, acetaminophen is helpful and safe. However, its results are also temporary. If you are looking for a more permanent solution for your sinus headaches, reach for the phone and call CT Sinus Center today. When you come in, our expert team will take the time to sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and medical history. Next, they’ll perform a series of tests to get to the bottom of what is causing your headache and develop an individualized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle. You may even be a candidate for one of our two outpatient procedures, both of which will end your suffering in around an hour:

  • Turbinate Reductions, in which the tissue in the nose that supports the nasal passages is decreased, decreasing the size of the turbinate and quickly increasing airflow

Stop letting a sinus headache make you lose your grip. Call us today at 860-BALLOON, and start breathing a sigh of relief. With four conveniently-located offices, help is just around the corner.

For more information on sinus and allergy conditions, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.