A 19-year-old female asked:
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i think i might be pregnant, im in middle of a root canal and have extreme tooth pain, is it safe to take advil (ibuprofen) for the pain?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
DDS \ OBGYN consult: The best thing to do is to have your dentist consult with your physician or obgyn to find out what precautions should be taken. They both know you and your medical history best.
Answered on Nov 6, 2016
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Dr. Thomas Cosgrove
26 years experience Dentistry
Probably Not: Advil is generally not recommended during pregnancy. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the recommended otc drug for pain during pregnancy. It would be best to consult with your ob/gyn before taking any medications for pain during pregnancy.
Answered on Dec 30, 2016
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Tylenol (acetaminophen): Tylenol (acetaminophen) seems to be the otc analgesic of choice for pain control during pregnancy. Please consult w your obgyn before taking anything. Please also remember all medications, including tylenol, (acetaminophen) must be taken exactly as directed on the label. This is important: if you take tylenol, (acetaminophen) and it doesn't give you the relief you want, do not take more than allowed on the directions.
Answered on Nov 6, 2016
Dr. Randolph Todd
44 years experience Endodontics
Probably not advised: Pain control for pregnant patients is usually determined by a consultation between the dentist and the obstetrician. I suggest before taking any medication you discus your condition with the professionals you are being treated by and follow their advise. Good luck.
Answered on Nov 6, 2016
Dr. Louis Gallia
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
See DDS ASAP: Safe: Reg/extra-strength Tylenol. Follow dosage/bottle & you'll be okay. Other pain relievers—eg ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil), naproxen (Aleve)—can trigger decrease in amniotic fluid level 3rd trimester (less cushion for baby, more pressure on lifeline, the umbilical cord). Advil may also make a vessel in baby's heart close prematurely & cause developmental issues in later stages of pregnancy.
Answered on Nov 6, 2016

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