A 36-year-old female asked:
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I took mefenamic acid 4 hrs ago for my toothache but it didn't help, is it okay to take ibuprofen instead?

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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
44 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Wait: It is not unusual that the first dose of a pain medication will not provide adequate pain relief. A therapeutic blood level must be reached before it is effective which could take 2-3 doses. Since you are due to take another dose 6 hours after your first dose, I would suggest trying to wait until then and giving it a chance to work. You don't want to prematurely jump from one pain med to another.
Answered on Sep 18, 2017
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