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I have a toothache - can I take more advil (ibuprofen)?

I have a toothache - can I take more advil (ibuprofen)?

Be careful: Advil is an absolutely wonderful pain reliever. You should not, however exceed the recommended dose of 2400 mg/day or if can do more harm than good, especially to your stomach/liver/kidney. Consider supplementing with tylenol (acetaminophen) (500 mg 4x per day), as long as you don't have any medical conditions that would prevent you from taking tylenol (acetaminophen). Better yet, see your doctor and find out why you need it. ...Read more

Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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Take 2 Advil (ibuprofen) every six hours and it doesn't work. How do I relieve my toothache?

Take 2 Advil (ibuprofen) every six hours and it doesn't work. How do I relieve my toothache?

See a dentist: Its important to identify the actual cause of the pain. Generally, Ibuprofen is an excellent over the counter pain killer for tooth pain. If you have a swelling of any kind you should seek professional attention right away. If home remedies and over the counter drugs don't work, you need to see a dentist to determine the cause and provide options for tx. This will address the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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What to do if i was takin Advil (ibuprofen) since 2weeks bcuz of toothache.I'v gained weight :|, is it bcuz of advil (ibuprofen)?

What to do if i was takin Advil (ibuprofen) since 2weeks bcuz of toothache.I'v gained weight :|, is it bcuz of advil (ibuprofen)?

Probably not: Weight gain due to taking advil (ibuprofen) is not a reported side effect, nor have i encoutered that complaint in general practice. Your toothache may prevent you from eating healthy/quality food, which could open the door to gaining weight though. ...Read more

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Which is better for a toothache Advil (ibuprofen) pm or tramadol?

Which is better for a toothache Advil (ibuprofen) pm or tramadol?

See dentist: There is a disease related reason for a toothache. See a dentist. Some patients respond better to different medications. ...Read more

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I was wondering what's better for a toothache Advil (ibuprofen) pm or tramadol?

I was wondering what's better for a toothache Advil (ibuprofen) pm or tramadol?

Dental treatment: Toothache usually means spreading infection. Pain killers (tramadol probably stronger) will only dull pain as infection continues to spread. Please call your Dentist. ...Read more

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I am experiencing toothache and was wondering if advil or meloxicam is a better choice to help the pain? Plan to see a dentist but Would like relief

I am experiencing toothache and was wondering if advil or meloxicam is a better choice to help the pain? Plan to see a dentist but Would like relief

Advil: Ibuprofen (Advil) is a less specific form of OTC pain relief for toothaches and generalizecd body pain. Generally Meloxicam (brand name Mobic) is used for bony or arthritic pains. ...Read more

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Can I take 800mg ibuprofen and 1 Advil 200mg together I have server tooth pain ?

Can I take 800mg ibuprofen and 1 Advil 200mg together I have server tooth pain ?

Advil is ibuprofen: Prescription strength ibuprofen is 800mg. Without knowing the reason for the pain, I think you should stick with the prescribed amount, and not add any additional medications. If the dosage does not seem to be helping, you should contact the doctor that prescribed the medication to further discuss the problem and alternative medications. It is never a good idea to mix pain medications. ...Read more

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Would taking BC powder 845mg often prevent your cycle? I switched from Advil to relieve headaches & tooth pain and this month i never had my cycle.

Would taking BC powder 845mg often prevent your cycle? I switched from Advil to relieve headaches & tooth pain and this month i never had my cycle.

BC Powder: BC Powder is aspirin & caffein, and should not alter your cycle. An infection can, however, and toothache often means a tooth abscess, a serious infection. Pain killers can"t cure an abscess. 2 suggestions. 1) Call Dentist IMMEDIATLY before infection spreads even further, and 2) Call your OBGyn and report your missed period. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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I've been taking 3 Advil/ 6 hours for 10 days due to tooth pain. My dentist recommended Aleve (naproxen)..how long do I wait after taking last dose of advil?

I've been taking 3 Advil/ 6 hours for 10 days due to tooth pain. My dentist recommended Aleve (naproxen)..how long do I wait after taking last dose of advil?

Need To Know More: It is not normal for someone to have to take that much Ibuprofen, for that long, without a definitive etiology for the pain. Meaning, before just changing the medication, do you know WHY you are taking it in the first place? Nothing I can think of should hurt for 10-days that cannot be dealt with Ibuprofen, readily. And most usually, for MUCH shorter periods of time. ...Read more

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I have had bad jaw and tooth pain ever since I got 5 cavities filled in 2012. My dentist has said it sounds like an inflammation. Advil (ibuprofen) helps.

I have had bad jaw and tooth pain ever since I got 5 cavities filled in 2012. My dentist has said it sounds like an inflammation. Advil (ibuprofen) helps.

See your DDS: Tooth pain is usually an indication that something is wrong. If you have had the pain for 3 years and have not exhibited any signs of an infection (swelling, fever etc) it may be as simple as an adjustment of your bite. Go back and see your dentist to discuss it further. You don't need to walk around in pain. ...Read more

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Ive been taking about 2 advils (ibuprofen) everyday for 2 weeks now due to a toothache. Is that okay?

Ive been taking about 2 advils (ibuprofen) everyday for 2 weeks now due to a toothache. Is that okay?

Temporary Relief: Advil (ibuprofen) or other pain medications are OK for temporary relief. They just mask the symptoms of the problem and only help as long as you are taking them and do nothing to eliminate the source of the toothache. My advice is to see a dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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What is an alternative to ibuprofen for toothaches?

What is an alternative to ibuprofen for toothaches?

Solve the problem: Like a splinter in your finger, dental pain exists because there is a problem. Would you take pain medication and antibiotics to manage the splinter? Not likely: you would take it out! see your dentist. Solve the problem. Take fewer meds & be well :-). ...Read more

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Can ibuprofen 600 mg helps toothache?

Yes: I agree with the colleagues, it helps but it does not cure anything. Visit your dentist asap. ...Read more

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Can I take 2 600mg ibuprofen at the same time for a toothache?

Can I take 2 600mg ibuprofen at the same time for a toothache?

No: The current daily Maximum is 2400 mg Ibuprofen which can be taken in 4 600 mg doses or 3 800 mg. These dosings are considered prescription strength and should only be done under doctor direction. 1200 mg all at once would be considered overdosing. If the pain is breaking through normal Ibuprofen dosing this is a sign to see your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Is 600 mg of ibuprofen every 4 hours recommended for toothaches?

Take DDS advice: You should be seeing a dentist if you have a toothache. He or she will recommend what to take, dosage and frequency. Everyone is different and different medications work differently for each person. ...Read more

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I have a major toothache. I've been taking 600mg of ibuprofen for about a week? Is it bad?

I have a major toothache. I've been taking 600mg of ibuprofen for about a week? Is it bad?

See your dentist: Prolonged use of Ibuprofen will damage you liver. A major toothache that persists for so long will not be solved with pain medication. Even if you make it through the acute pain phase, it usually leads to a sub acute phase that leads to further complications down the road. See your dentist to have the tooth treated. ...Read more

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I took over 6000 milligrams of ibuprofen over the past two days due to a toothache. What effect will this have on my body?

I took over 6000 milligrams of ibuprofen over the past two days due to a toothache. What effect will this have on my body?

Time to Visit DDS: If you have a toothache, you may have a cavity or advanced gum disease or wisdom teeth. A tooth pain won't go away without treatment. The pain medication (ibuprofen) may help relieving the pain for you but not resolving the problem. See a dentist ASAP for assessment and treatment. ...Read more

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I was prescribed narcos for a severe toothache I'm not due to have my next dose until 8:00 its now 7:14 can I take ibuprofen in the meantime?

Yes: Unless you have a problem with taking ibuprofen, you should be okay to take the dose. Hopefully the cause of the severe toothache will be controlled and you will get off the narcotics. Make sure that you follow the dentist's instructions with medication or therapy to resolve your problem. ...Read more

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Can taking ibuprofen every 6 hrs for toothache afect pregnancy?

YES: Most ob/gyns recommend tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain during pregnancy. If you have a toothache and your pregnancy is beyond the first 14 weeks (which is the period of organ formation of your baby) you can see your dentist and they should treat the cause of your toothache. If they don't, then see another doctor who will. You will want to discuss this with ob/gyn also. ...Read more

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If ibuprofen is no longer working to reduce the pain from a toothache could dihydrocodeine be effective?

Better solution: Toothache is your bodies way of telling you that you have an untreated infection. You can mask symptoms with analgesics, or reduce severity w antibiotics, but neither will "cure" the infection. You may need filling, root canal treatment and crown, or extraction and replacement. You can cll dentist now for emergency visit or you can wait until the pain gets overbearing and the infection spreads. ...Read more

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If ibuprofen is no longer working to reduce the pain from a toothache, would dihydrocodeine be a good alternative?

Depends: Without a complete medical history and a diagnosis of what is causing the dental pain, you are self prescribing. Not a wise thing to do without knowledge of drug interactions and a diagnosis as to the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have been drinking, am a little tipsy, have a toothache and want to take ibuprofen. Is that safe?

What should I do if I have been drinking, am a little tipsy, have a toothache and want to take ibuprofen. Is that safe?

Yes, you can: If you’re taking ibuprofen, after the alcohol consumption, take the lowest dose necessary to alleviate your symptoms. Alcohol can interfere with ibuprofen, making it less effective. Of course, stop drinking altogether while taking medication. See your dentist ASAP for dental treatment. ...Read more

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I'm having surgery in two days and I was told to stop taking ibuprofen two weeks prior to the surgery. This weekend I've had a terrible toothache and the only way it finally subsided some was with ibuprofen. Will this mess up my surgery?

I'm having surgery in two days and I was told to stop taking ibuprofen two weeks prior to the surgery. This weekend I've had a terrible toothache and the only way it finally subsided some was with ibuprofen. Will this mess up my surgery?

Not recommended: Next time take Tylenol (acetaminophen) before surgery because it does not thin the blood and is safe to take before surgery. Don't hesitate to ask your surgeon any questions you may have before the surgery. ...Read more

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Took ibuprofen 600mg 2hrs ago for toothache can I take a tramadol 50mg now for pain?

Took ibuprofen 600mg 2hrs ago for toothache can I take a tramadol 50mg now for pain?

Please see a dentist: Toothaches are usually due to an underlying condition that requires dental care. If OTC pain meds are not working, it means your problem is escalating. A possible infection is present, and if so you will soon be swollen and in additional pain. Why suffer? Call for an appointment now and feel better soon. ...Read more

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I'm having a very bad toothache I took two extra strength excedrin around 30 minutes ago can I take 800 milligrams of ibuprofen?

I'm having a very bad toothache I took two extra strength excedrin around 30 minutes ago can I take 800 milligrams of ibuprofen?

Not smart: Adding overly large amount of one pain killer (anything more than 400mg Ibuprofen is not more effective than 400mg) to a large (extra strength aspirin) can do more harm than good. Pain caused by infected tooth (abscess). Pain killer will not cure infection. Antibiotics will only control, not cure, infection. See Dentist ASAP for appropriate Rx. That's the only way to fix your problem. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Tooth Pain (Definition)

Just what it says. Pain may be localized or diffuse, sharp or dull, aching or throbbing. May be from a host of different causes, the most common being infection. It requires immediate treatment, pain indicates the cause has significantly progressed. Please ...Read more


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Toothache (Definition)

Dental pain is a symptom where one has pain in his teeth or gums, sometimes with sensitivity to cold or hot ...Read more