A 47-year-old male asked:
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I have a tooth infection. Possibly an abcess tooth. Can I take ampicillin 500mg?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
Self prescribing: A tooth infection will not go away on it's own even if you take antibiotics. The cause of the infection needs to be determined and treated appropriately. Most patients who self prescribe end up with more serious problems. Can you take it (if you are not allergic to it?) We can't stop you but it's not a good idea. Call a dentist who can discuss it with you over the phone and advise you what to do.
Answered on Mar 13, 2020
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience in Dermatology
see a dentist. Probably need extraction or root canal. You could take penicillin [better than ampicillin for this] but do not delay getting to a dentist.
Mar 31, 2016

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