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How long til amoxicillin starts to work on tooth infection?

How long til amoxicillin starts to work on tooth infection?

Depends: What type of tooth infection? Like many other conditions, antibiotics serve as a supplement to surgical intervention. A dental abscess may need drainage or extraction. If going to be effective alone, any antibiotic, if effective, should begin to elicit changes within 24 to 36 hours. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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How long til amoxicillin starts to work on tooth infection?

Depends: What type of tooth infection? Like many other conditions, antibiotics serve as a supplement to surgical intervention. A dental abscess may need drainage or extraction. If going to be effective alone, any antibiotic, if effective, should begin to elicit changes within 24 to 36 hours. ...Read more

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Could amoxicillin work for a tooth infection?

Could amoxicillin work for a tooth infection?

It could...: But it won't cure your problem. Speak to your dentist to be sure of exactly what treatment you need. Antibiotics do not treat decayed or abscessed teeth, just the symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would amoxicillin work for a tooth infection?

Hi docs, would amoxicillin work for a tooth infection?

Stop gap: Antibiotics work to limit the spread of infection as long as you are taking the medication. They do not "cure" the infection. N as soon as you stop taking the antibiotic, the infection comes roaring right back. In addition to the antibiotic you need definitive dental treatment, so call your dentist now. ...Read more

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How long would it take for amoxicillin to get rid of a tooth infection?

How long would it take for amoxicillin to get rid of a tooth infection?

See a dentist ASAP: The tooth infection won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your body. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've taken amoxicillin trihydrate 500mg for tooth infection(3 caps/day), how long does it stay in my body?

I've taken amoxicillin trihydrate 500mg for tooth infection(3 caps/day), how long does it stay in my body?

2-3 days: Amoxicillin starts to break down in your body after bout 1 hour. So to maintain maximum dosage levels you take it 3 x per day. When you are finished your course of antibiotics, it takes about 2-3 days for all traces of it to disappear. ...Read more

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Hi. I have a tooth ache / tooth infection and I am trying to nurse it til I can make it to a dentist. I found some amoxicillin I had from before 500 mg. Can I just take 1 or 2 pills per day 1 in morning and 1 at night till I can get to them in a few da

Hi.  I have a tooth ache / tooth infection and I am trying to nurse it til I can make it to a dentist.  I found some amoxicillin I had from before 500 mg.  Can I just take 1 or 2 pills per day 1 in morning and 1 at night till I can get to them in a few da

Yes: It is never a good idea to diagnose and treat yourself. You should contact your dentist to be treated for the emergency. However, if that is not possible, and have pain and swelling, the antibiotics may help. If you have no allergies to penicillin, you should take three tablets daily or every eight hours for the infection. You could also contact your MD for some medication. ...Read more

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I'm on amoxicillin for a tooth infection &I have been urinating a lot these last two days I know that's a sign of an uti but wouldn't that work for uti?

Dental Infection: Amoxicillin will generally help to control your dental infection, but you will still need to seek definitive care from your dentist to eliminate it. As far as your concern whether you have a UTI, you should consult with your primary care physician. If they suspect a UTI, they would most likely want to do an urinalysis and subsequent culture and sensitivity if any bacteria are found. ...Read more

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How much amoxicillin should I take for tooth infection?

How much amoxicillin should I take for tooth infection?

Amoxicillin: Amoxicillin is usually for 7-10 days for a dental infection. This should be prescribed by your dentist for correct dosage and duration. ...Read more

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Does amoxicillin for tooth infection take the pain away?

Possibly: Antibiotic is given to treat the infection. If the size of the infection decreases, the discomfort should be alleviated. Antibiotic alone does not directly address the discomfort. ...Read more

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How much amoxicillin should I take for a tooth infection?

How much amoxicillin should I take for a tooth infection?

Depends: Please see a doctor first to determine the exact problem and the extent of it. Usually Amoxicillin is 500 mg 3 times a day. But if the infection is severe, other medications will be considered. ...Read more

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Please tell me will it be ok to put amoxicillin on a tooth infection?

Please tell me will it be ok to put amoxicillin on a tooth infection?

No effect: Putting an antibiotic topically on a tooth or an abscess will not resolve your problem. Please call a dentist for an appointment. ...Read more

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If I take more than 2/ 500 mg amoxicillin will that make that infection be killed faster or does it not matter, only over time? It's a tooth infection

If I take more than 2/ 500 mg amoxicillin will that make that infection be killed faster or does it not matter, only over time? It's a tooth infection

It won't help: To take a higher dose than was prescribed, although if you already did so it won't hurt you either. The important thing is to take until all of your prescription is gone. If pain is the problem, ask the dr/dentist for a pain prescription. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have been on amoxicillin for 3 days due to a bad tooth infection the swelling has not gone down what should I do?

I have been on amoxicillin for 3 days due to a bad tooth infection the swelling has not gone down what should I do?

Dental infections: Usually do not respond simply by taking antibiotics. Three are three essential ingredients to resolving infections. First, the cause must be eliminated. Second, the proper dosage, frequency and type of antibiotic must be prescribed. Third, the body will then help eliminate it. See your dentist asap to determine what is required next in your particular case. ...Read more

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Was prescribed amoxicillin 500 mg every 6 hours for tooth infection. Is that normal? It sounds like too much. Safe?

500 mg every 8 hours: Amoxicillin is the drug of choice for dental infection and works longer than penicillin VK and ampicillin. The typical adult dose 500 mg every 8 hours or 3 times /day for 7 to 10 days. ...Read more

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Can I have a glass of wine if I'm taking 500mg of amoxicillin for a tooth infection?

Can I have a glass of wine if I'm taking 500mg of amoxicillin for a tooth infection?

1glass only!: Alcoholic beverages, including wine often reduce the effectiveness of medications. For your own well-being, try to abstain, but one glass would probably be ok. ...Read more

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Taking 250 mg of amoxicillin for tooth infection. Can I have a glass if wine?

Taking 250 mg of amoxicillin for tooth infection.  Can I have a glass if wine?

ONE glass of: Wine should not interfere with your amoxicillin. But I would not take them both at the same time. ...Read more

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I just had a root canal and my tooth infection has got worse. I'm taking amoxicillin still but what should I do?

I just had a root canal and my tooth infection has got worse. I'm taking amoxicillin still but what should I do?

See Endodontist: For evaluation. Endodontists are dentists who have at least 2-3 years of advanced training in root canals. They are experts at diagnosing complications after root canal treatment and use advanced special equipment to treat patients efficiently and comfortably. ...Read more

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I've been giving amoxicillin 500 mg and vicdion and lortab medicine for a tooth infection was on it for 3 months when will they be out my system?

I've been giving amoxicillin 500 mg and vicdion and lortab medicine for a tooth infection was on it for 3 months when will they be out my system?

Days: The meds should clear from your system within days of discontinuing. The effects of long term use however may take longer to normalize.

3months seems like a very long time to be treating a tooth infection. I hope it has been resolved. ...Read more

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I was perscribed Hydrocodone and Amoxicillin to fight my tooth infection. I'm supposed to take one hydrocodone every 4-6 hours, but pain persists.

I was perscribed Hydrocodone and Amoxicillin to fight my tooth infection. 
 I'm supposed to take one hydrocodone every 4-6 hours, but pain persists.

What to do: Call the dentist first thing tomorrow morning and discuss what to do. Was the cause of the infection addressed? Merely taking antibiotics will not resolve the problem. Some patients find 600mg Ibuprofen along with 300mg Acetaminophen works as well or actually even better than Hydrocodone. Or you can supplement the Hydrocodone with some Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen meanwhile. ...Read more

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If I'm put on amoxicillin due to tooth infection, could it get rid of your infection and toothache?

Temporary solution: Amoxicillin is an antibiotic, not a pain killer. It can temporarily shrink down an infection, and therefore reduce your pain for a short time. Unless you have the source of the infection treated with a root canal or by extracting the tooth, it will come back as soon as you are off the antibiotic. You must have dentist finish treating your tooth. ...Read more

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Tooth infection not gone after ten days on amoxicillin. Can I use clyndamycin now to get rid of.?

Tooth infection not gone after ten days on amoxicillin.  Can I use clyndamycin now to get rid of.?

Ask your dentist: Antibiotics do not resolve tooth issues. Definitive dental treatment does. Please call for an appointment. ...Read more

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Had a wisdom tooth infection. Given amoxicillin. Lost it for 3 days. Found it but infection is gone. Getting wisdom tooth pulled tomorrow. What to do?

Pre Op Instructions: Good day;
Speak with the DDS/ surgeon who is removing the wisdom tooth tomorrow. However, probably good to have good level of amoxicillin in body pre extraction. ...Read more

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Can I use amoxicillin after i have been using flucloxacillin (3days) for tooth infection? Amoxicillin was prescribed by the doctor.

Can I use amoxicillin after i have been using flucloxacillin (3days) for tooth infection? Amoxicillin was prescribed by the doctor.

Antibiotics: Antibiotics only treat the symptoms of the infection but to not actually cure your problem. Did your dentist examine you, the tooth in question, and then prescribe the medications? If so, then your concerns should be addressed to the dentist who is treating you. ...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


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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