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Dr. Martin Raff
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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

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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 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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Dr. Ronald Achong
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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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Dr. Charles Kattuah
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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

Temporary relief: Antibiotics will not eliminate a tooth infection. They only reduce the infection to a less active state temporarily. You need to address the tooth causing the infection by having a dentist treat it properly. That means root canal therapy or extraction. One more thing, always take medications as directed and never self medicate, especially with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Corben
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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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Dr. Peter Karsant
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How long should amoxicillin take to work for tooth infection?

How long should amoxicillin take to work for tooth infection?

Infection: 48-72 hours to start having an effect. Please finish all the tabs. ...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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Should i take amoxicillin or keflex for tooth infection?

Should i take amoxicillin or keflex for tooth infection?

Amox or Penicillin?: Both are commonly prescribed effective antibiotics but it won't matter which one you take as without appropriate dental treatment to remove the cause of the infection, you won't resolve the problem. This requires professional dental treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Yash
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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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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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Amoxil (Definition)

Amoxicillin (inn), formerly amoxycillin (ban) in some markets, and abbreviated amox, is a moderate-spectrum, bacteriolytic, β-lactam antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections ...Read more


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