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A 42-year-old member asked:

I stole lidocaine & prilocaine cream from the dermalogist office, and put them on my gum, is this okay?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Nope: Stealing medications is not ok, and neither is treating yourself. These creams will do nothing in resolving your dental issues. Make an appointment and be treated correctly.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What do you advise if i stole lidocaine & prilocaine cream from the dermalogist office, and put them on my gum?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Symptom vs. cause: By applying Lidocaine ; prilocaine cream will ameliorate the gums pain. However if you just treat the symptoms you will at best get temporary relief. If you treat the cause, you can get rid of the problem and the symptoms. Remember, without a diagnosis, its just a guessing game. Rec.: see your dentist for definitive diagnosis and treatment.

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