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I'm on amoxicillin for a dental abcess. I have chills and fatigue, but no fever. Could this be a medication reaction? Do I stop taking amoxicillin?

I'm on amoxicillin for a dental abcess. I have chills and fatigue, but no fever. Could this be a medication reaction? Do I stop taking amoxicillin?

Call Dentist: Chills/fatigue may be due to the antibiotic or due to the abscess toxins. Report your symptoms to your treating Dentist. Antibiotics will reduce spread of infection, but a cure requires specific dental treatment (root canal or extraction). Please call your Dentist now. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Tooth Abscess (Definition)

A tooth or dental abcess is an infected tooth. The tooth can become infected by a caries (decay) or by trauma, or through a gum infection or some other way. A tooth abcess may be life threatening so it should be taken care of asap. A dentist will recommend extraction or root ...Read more


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Dental abcess amoxicillin didn't work then clyndomycin have one day left and abcess returned with a vengence what should I do. Dentist not open til mon?

Dental abcess amoxicillin didn't work then clyndomycin have one day left and abcess returned with a vengence what should I do. Dentist not open til mon?

Emergency room: If your dentist will not see you on the weekend, look for a dental office that is open on Saturday. Otherwise, you can go to the ER for possible IV antibiotics or an increase in dosage of your existing prescription or a new prescription. It depends how severe your swelling is. A dental infection can be dangerous in some situations. ...Read more

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I have a dental abcess and I'm already on amoxicillin. Is it helpful to also rinse with witch hazel? Maybe the dentist forgot about the witch hazel option.

I have a dental abcess and I'm already on amoxicillin. Is it helpful to also rinse with witch hazel? Maybe the dentist forgot about the witch hazel option.

Better options: Taking witch hazel to fight a dental infection, especially an acute abscess, would be on the bottom of my list of most effective methods. If necessary, I would rather see you increase the dosage of amoxicillin, switch to another more effective antibiotic, or drain or treat the infection more directly. Your dentist is the best one to advise you how to speed resolution of your infection. ...Read more

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Got abscess above tooth I taken course of amoxicillin and erythromycin but still there scared I'm going to die. Got dentist in 4 days will I be okay?

Got abscess above tooth I taken course of amoxicillin and erythromycin but still there scared I'm going to die. Got dentist in 4 days will I be okay?

Not likely: While the antibiotics can't cure the abscess, they will suppress the spread of infection to your body. Keep taking the medication until you can get to the dentist. If you feel the infection is getting worse, go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital. ...Read more

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How long before severe tooth abscess infection resolves with augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate)?

How long before severe tooth abscess infection resolves with augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate)?

Depends on cause: Depends on too many factors including severity, cause, area, your general health and more factors. Some will never resolve.
You must see your dentist to definitively treat the cause of your infection. ...Read more

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I had a tooth abscess and dentist drained and gave me metronidazole and amoxicillin, is it necessary to have the metronidazole too?

I had a tooth abscess and dentist drained and gave me metronidazole and amoxicillin, is it necessary to have the metronidazole too?

Great combo: metronidazole and amoxicillin. Metronidazole is an adjunctive medication that usually used to treat infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. First of all the only way to cure a dental abscess is with dental treatment. As with all medicines, be sure to follow your doctor's prescription. ...Read more

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Been on 500mg3xday amoxicillin for tooth abscess was told to take 300mg clindamycin before root canal. I have aortic stenosis too. Can I mix the two?

Been on 500mg3xday amoxicillin for tooth abscess was told to take 300mg clindamycin before root canal. I have aortic stenosis too. Can I mix the two?

Proper advice-: The best answer to your question would be by a dentist who knows your complete medical and dental history and has already seen you. Please don't look for answers on the internet. We could only guess as to what you require and why. ...Read more

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When will augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) reduce swelling from tooth abscess?

When will augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) reduce swelling from tooth abscess?

Tooth abscess: If you are self medicating, probably never (without also treating the cause of the infection). If it was prescribed by a dentist, you need to discuss what to expect from the prescribing dentist. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) would not be my first choice of antibiotics for dental infections. If the swelling does not diminish within 2-3 days, you need to let your dentist know that immediately. If it worsens, even sooner. ...Read more

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Have had a tooth abscess for three months just swelled up recently. Its hard and doesn't hurt but uncomfortable. Will augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 875mg take swell down?

Have had a tooth abscess for three months just swelled up recently. Its hard and doesn't hurt but uncomfortable. Will augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 875mg take swell down?

Tooth Abscess: At some point in time that abscess will swell up and become more than uncomfortable. You need definitive dental care, not just antibiotics. Please call a dentist for an appointment. ...Read more

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Had a tooth abscess for months, recently swollen again augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) doesn't seem to be working after 3 days Cant get seen til wed. Will I be ok til then?

Had a tooth abscess for months, recently swollen again augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) doesn't seem to be working after 3 days Cant get seen til wed. Will I be ok til then?

Get it seen soon: Having taken the same antibiotic before, the bacteria may have grown resistant to it. Additionally, not only will the pain of pus under pressure be unbearable, you run the risk of getting a blood infection, bone infection or most seriously, a Central Nervous System infection. Get it seen over the next few days if not, today. ...Read more

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How long does a tooth abscess last? I have a hole in tooth so it's draining, and I take 500mg of amoxicillin twice a day. Just started taking the antibiotics last night. When should the swelling in my gums/face go down?

How long does a tooth abscess last? I have a hole in tooth so it's draining, and I take 500mg of amoxicillin twice a day. Just started taking the antibiotics last night. When should the swelling in my gums/face go down?

Maybe never, but...: Tooth abscesses originate from dead/diseased tissue within the bad tooth, which leads to an infection in the surrounding supporting bone (abscess). Antibiotics may temporarily reduce the abscess (usually takes no less than 48 hrs, but maybe longer), but never truly address the cause. For this you need a root canal or extraction. Some infections will not respond to antibiotics at all. ...Read more

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Tooth abscess erythromycin or clindamycin?

Tooth abscess erythromycin or clindamycin?

Can't advise: Can't advise you to medicate yourself. The tooth needs to be treated by a dentist anyway, and the antibiotics won't fix the problem, just mask the symptoms. Call a local dentist who will prescribe what is best for your situation. The abscess will only get worse without care. ...Read more

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Can you take amoxicillin for tooth abscess?

Can you take amoxicillin for tooth abscess?

Not always 1st choic: Amoxicillin is not always the first choice for a tooth abscess. Simple pen v-k is very effective & if it is a recurring abscess, Clindamycin is next best. All depends on the severity of the problem & of course if you are allergic to certain antibiotics. I wouldn't take it as a matter of fact, see your dentist & decide. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would amoxicillin get rid of tooth abscess?

Hi docs, would amoxicillin get rid of tooth abscess?

NO: You must treat the source of the infection.
The antibiotics will only be a temporary solution.
A tooth abscess is normally treated with a root canal or extraction and possibly in conjunction with
antibiotics. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a tooth abscess on my gums and I'm in bad pain what could I do to ease the pain. N my dentist put me on amoxicillin. Any info will do!?

Abscess: Taking an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen usually helps if your health permits. I would check with your dentist since they have your health history and know what medications are appropriate for you. ...Read more

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Have a periodontal tooth abscess. Can I take amoxicillin and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) together to clear the infection until I can have the tooth extracted?

Have a periodontal tooth abscess. Can I take amoxicillin and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) together to clear the infection until I can have the tooth extracted?

Antibiotics: I strongly recommend that you see a dentist first, have the tooth examined, determine the proper course of treatment, and then take the correct antibiotics. Certain infections require immediate intervention, not just pills. You'll heal faster and be better off in the long run. ...Read more

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I saw a dentist for a tooth abscess. I have been taking Amoxicillin for three days. My face and jaw have swollen and my face is turning yellow. I have started taking 2500 mg of Co-codamol approximately every 4-5 hours. What should Ido?

I saw a dentist for a tooth abscess. I have been taking Amoxicillin for three days. My face and jaw have swollen and my face is turning yellow. I have started taking 2500 mg of Co-codamol approximately every 4-5 hours. What should Ido?

Need reevaluation: Co-codamol is a pain killer, not an abscess cure. Amoxicillin is supposed to prevent spread of infection, but will not cure abscess. Abscess can only be cured w root canal rx or extraction. Please call dentist to report your current status and ask for advice. ...Read more

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Can I cut amoxicillin and take only half dose? I have tooth abscess

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Can I cut amoxicillin and take only half dose? I have tooth abscess

See a dentist: You must treat the source of the infection, not only the symptoms. Therefore, you need to clean out the inside of the tooth to remove the bacteria which is the source of the infection. The antibiotics cannot reach the source of the infection. See a dentist for more information, recommendation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that amoxicillin will work against tooth abscess?

Is it actually true that amoxicillin will work against tooth abscess?

Yes: The Amoxicillin will contain the infection and prevent it from worsening. However, see a dentist to effectively treat the tooth and the infection asap. ...Read more

Amoxicillin (Definition)

Amoxicillin is in the penicillin class of antibiotics. All penicillins are distinguished by the presence of a beta-lactam ring, and are known to kill bacteria by inhibiting synthesis (production) ...Read more


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more