Sinus Cocktail

My wife was recently feeling very ill for about a week. It was just the general “crud” (headache, achy, runny nose, cough, sneeze, etc). She finally broke down and decided to go to the doctor. I asked her what she thought was going to come from such a trip. Quite matter of factly she told me that she would at least get a Sinus Cocktail.

Well, around these parts (Memphis area) everyone has heard of a Sinus Cocktail. It’s a collection of shots that sometimes works miracles towards making someone who is having any sinus related issues feel almost human once again. Personally I had never heard of it before I moved here, but like I said, everyone around here has heard of it.

I am not a fan of antibiotics (actually I am, i just have strong feelings that they are overused) so I wanted to find out what was in this mythical “Sinus Cocktail”. Any antibiotics would be a big turnoff for me. The best guess I have is the following… I found it in the comments of someone’s blog and it sounded reasonable. I’ve got some doctor friends I’ll be checking with as well to confirm. But here it is… no antibiotics in this recipe… that makes me relatively happy.

Usual contents are 1/2 cc of each of the following:

  • Brompheniramine (antihistamine)
  • Dexamethasone 8 (dex 8 is a long acting steroid to reduce swelling of sinus membranes)
  • Dexamethasone 4 (dex4 is a faster acting steroid)
  • Diphenhydramine (benedryl. This might or might not be included, depends on the doctor and the patient)

[Added since original post: I did check with some of my doc buddies. The ingredients sound right on to them. It varies by doctor but basically some sort of steroid to reduce inflamation and some sort of decongestant to clear you out. Then maybe an anthistimine to calm and reactions the body might be having down. ]

58 thoughts on “Sinus Cocktail

  1. I was trying to see the side effects,guess this wooziness is normal!took mine 3hrs ago….in Memphis also…Zzzzzz i go

  2. The reason you are feeling pumped up after taking sinus cocktail is because a lot of them have vitamin b12 which will give you energy. I had the choice between vitamin b12 and Benadryl and I choose b12.

  3. I recvd my “sinus cocktail,” tonight after battling this crud for a couple of weeks. My Dr added a shot of Rocephin 1GM, I hope I start feeling better soon! I’m from, Jefferson Co, TN.

  4. I had the sinus cocktail yesterday afternoon around 5’o clock p.m. and it’s 7:00 a.m the next morning and I am still going strong but if it has bendryl in it then that explains it . It Has always did the opposite to me then it does to other people I can jump off the walls if I take it.

  5. My 13 year old who has never had any shots got a sinus shot and passed out cold on the floor while checking out and again the next day at school for 15 minutes. Was very scary and I’m still not sure why it happened. Any thoughts?

  6. I come across this thread while googling side effects after a sinus cocktail shot. I get a shot maybe two times a year. I have chronic sinusitis and it helps ease the frustrating misery associated with it.

    The last couple of times, “this one in particular” I am experiencing extreme cramping in my back and upper thighs. EXTREME. I received the shot around 10:30am and around 5 I started with the all to familiar cramping. As the hours pass it gets worse.
    I’m giving Bayer back and body a go for now. Just wondering if anyone has experienced this Or have any insight.
    I live right outside of Memphis as well.
    Thanks in advance

  7. my pressure was so bad my teeth on my left where in acute pain for 7 days
    went to dentist for x rays.Nothing found. Finally went to doctor. I had drainage but clear nose. the dexamethasone 8mg had my pain gone in about 1 hour. I was taking pain pill to ease the throbbing pain. There was also the
    penacline for 10 day. I wish I had not waited so long

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