Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between a migraine headache and a sinus headache?
I get migraines but my friend gets sinus headaches buy she describes like almost the same pains as me but what's the difference please c:
A migraine headache is usually an intense, throbbing pain on one, or sometimes, both sides of the head. Most people with migraine headache feel the pain in the temples or behind one eye or ear, although any part of the head can be involved. Besides pain, migraine also can cause nausea and vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Some people also may see spots or flashing lights or have a temporary loss of vision. Many people confuse a sinus headache with a migraine because pain and pressure in the sinuses, nasal congestion, and watery eyes often occur with migraine.
A sinus headache is actually not so common as initially thought. Sinus headache is due to a viral sinus infection which is accompanied with nasal discharge, limited or no smell at all, pain in the face, high pressure and most probably fever. The pain from a sinus headache can be treated with antibiotics. In case antibiotics do not provide relief then the pain may be due to other factors and a specialist should asses the situation again.
What could/can't you do on antibiotic treatments?
I'm on z-pak, and my infection isn't bad at all, I don't even really feel sick, I just have a slight balance problem and had hot flashes, doc says it's probably sinus infection, but I hardly feel it.
1) Is it okay to drink milk products, have yogurt on this med, and eat basically anything, or should you stick to non-milk and non-acidic products?
2) Is it okay to exercize and exert onesself, as long as they feel okay and are taking in enough fluids?
3) Is sexual intercourse okay? (my theory is if god forbid you get anything else, you're already on the antibiotics so it won't stand a chance)
4)Can you go about your life without making any modifications, and slowing yourself down?
What should I avoid while taking Zithromax Z-Pak (azithromycin)?
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Azithromycin can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.
Zithromax Z-Pak (azithromycin) side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using azithromycin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
chest pain, uneven heartbeats; or
nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Continue using azithromycin and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or stomach pain;
dizziness, tired feeling, or headache;
vaginal itching or discharge; or
mild itching or skin rash.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Zithromax Z-Pak (azithromycin)?
Do not take antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium within 2 hours of taking azithromycin.
Before taking azithromycin, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);
ergot medicine such as methysergide (Sansert), ergotamine (Ergostat, Medihaler, Cafergot, Ercaf, Wigraine), dihydroergotamine mesylate (D.H.E., Migranal Nasal Spray);
carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol);
cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune);
cholesterol-lowering medicines such as lovastatin (Mevacor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), or cerivastatin (Baycol);
a calcium channel blocker such as diltiazem (Cartia XT, Diltiazem, Tiazac), felodipine (Plendil), nicardipine (Cardene), nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat), nimodipine (Nimotop), verapamil (Calan, Covera-HS);
HIV medicines such as indinavir (Crixivan), ritonavir (Norvir), saquinavir (Invirase);
alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), midazolam (Versed), triazolam (Halcion);
theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theolair, Theochron);
pimozide (Orap); or
another antibiotic, especially clarithromycin (Biaxin) or erythromycin (E-Mycin, E.E.S, Ery-Tab).
If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use azithromycin, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
There are many other medicines that can interact with azithromycin. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list with you of all the medicines you use and show this list to any doctor or other healthcare provider who treats you.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about azithromycin written for health professionals that you may read.
What does my medication look like?
Azithromycin is available with a prescription under the brand name Zithromax. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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What's causing the pain in the right side of my brain?
For the past few weeks i've been having very dry eyes and now im starting to get very sharp pains in the right side of my brain, behind my eye. at first it kinda felt like my brain twitched but now it's just a random shooting pain behind my eye. sometimes it feels like i just got hit in the face and my nose should be bleeding but no blood's coming out. any advice? yeah going to the dr isn't an option right now and i don't wanna go unless i might be in real danger.
yeah, my mother said it was probably a sinus infection but i don't know about that. It was on and off pain yesterday, not constant. I was breathing fine and i dont' have respiratory allergies either, my nose wasnt stuffed nor runny. It was more of the eye and brain area around it. Now that i think of it, yes it did return when i looked at the tv or this screen, i suppose i was sensitive to light. My pupils are both reactive, i should just take ibprofen to make it go away?
well two things come to mind, sinus infection in which decongestants ie allergy/cold/sinus decongestant otc should help along with breathing in steam from hot showers in bathroom or holding a towel over your head above a faucet running hot water to catch the steam....or going to the doctor if you can and getting some good medicine that will work faster....secondly, one sided headaches are classically migraines, does bright light hurt you when it happens? ice packs on the eyes wrapped in a wash rag to make it easier, laying down in a dark and quiet room, and ibuprofen is your best bet on that....if you are having changes in balance, speech, or ability to function, you need to go to the emergency room. you can also get a loved one or friend to shine a flash light into both of your eyes and see if both of your pupils are reacting the same. er time, if not, okay?
What kind of sickness does this sound like?
My head is really congested and stuffed. i have a headache all across my forehead, esp. above my eyes. I have a constant dry cough and every time i change the position of my head i get super dizzy. I also get like hot flashes or something. I'm 20 so i know its not meopause hah.. Is this just a head cold or something more serious?
Probably just a upper respiratory infection, aka, the common cold. Or possibly a sinus infection. Just let it run it's course. Treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medicines. At night take Nyquil, and Benedryl, both will help with congestion, and help you to sleep. During the day take DayQuil, and if you have a fever take Acetaminophen, aka Tylenol. Also, for your cough, get cough syrup, any kind will work (store brand or not) as long as it is for cough and congestion. If your mucus becomes a yellowish color, you may consider going to the doctor to get anti-biotics to treat this. Along with your anti-biotics, they may give you some stronger cough syrup. Keep taking the above as well as what they give you.
Good Luck and Get Well Soon!
Achey feeling under brow bone or top of eyeball?
Sometimes it doesnt ache at all , other times aches all day. Hurts more if I drink a glass of wine so I dont have any type of alcohol anymore. Saw an eye dr, who performed many tests on eye, came out clean. Had sinus cat scan done and brain MRI. Showed nothing. Its been going on for about a year. Sometimes it aches so bad, Im a mess all day, other times hardly hurts at all. Never had a sinus infection in my life.Any clues? Recently Im finding the other eye somewhat aches as well, but not very bad.
so this happens to me all the time. I'm in the photography business and I've found being exposed to a lot of the flash makes my eyes incredibly sore. you may have very sensitive eyes which is also another reason why it is simply undetectable. start wearing some comfortable sunglasses around and see if it helps. if it does, get some eye drops for sensitive eyes so you're not wearing sunglasses all the time. the eye drops should sooth the ache