Patients insist on antibiotics for sinusitis? Here is a good reason to say "no"

J Fam Pract. 2008 Jul;57(7):464-8.


Stop prescribing antibiotics for adults with a clinical diagnosis of acute sinusitis, unless the patient has severe symptoms. Antibiotics have little if any positive effects on the severity and duration of symptoms, and they cause adverse effects and create unnecessary expense.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents* / therapeutic use
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Family Practice / standards*
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Persuasive Communication*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Sinusitis* / drug therapy


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents