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I have some hydrocodone and ibuprofen, how often can I alternate them for a tooth infection?
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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Every 3 hours
You should use these medications as your doctor prescribed them. But i advise my patients to alternate between Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen every 3 hours.

In brief: Every 3 hours
You should use these medications as your doctor prescribed them. But i advise my patients to alternate between Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen every 3 hours.
Dr. James Beck
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Dr. Aaron Smith
Dentistry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Get antibiotics . .
For infection, you will need antibiotics to reduce the bacterial growth, and then treat the tooth asap.
This is much more important than the pain meds. Pain medication can simply mask the symptoms and allow the infection to grow stronger. As a general rule, follow the prescribed instructions for narcotic pain meds and the recommended dosage for otc medication.

In brief: Get antibiotics . .
For infection, you will need antibiotics to reduce the bacterial growth, and then treat the tooth asap.
This is much more important than the pain meds. Pain medication can simply mask the symptoms and allow the infection to grow stronger. As a general rule, follow the prescribed instructions for narcotic pain meds and the recommended dosage for otc medication.
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Dr. Abel Loredo
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Pain Medication
Read the prescription label , it should say how often you can take them. Don't take medications that were not originally prescribed to you in order to prevent adverse effects.
Most pain medications are prescribed to be taken every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain. If you are having a toothache that requires pain medication, you need to see a dentist to save yourself a lot of pain and suffering.

In brief: Pain Medication
Read the prescription label , it should say how often you can take them. Don't take medications that were not originally prescribed to you in order to prevent adverse effects.
Most pain medications are prescribed to be taken every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain. If you are having a toothache that requires pain medication, you need to see a dentist to save yourself a lot of pain and suffering.
Dr. Abel Loredo
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Dr. Steven Alper
You should follow the prescription label, and your doctors instructions. But unless there are any extenusting circumstances (you are taking other medications, or have other conditions, etc) you can generally take 800mg ibuprofen (4 tablets of advil), every 8 hours and if you need more pain releif take one tablet of hydrocodone every 4-6 hours. This is a short term solution, only until you get to the dentist, which should be as soon as possible (one or two days). Untreated dental pain can lead to very serious complications.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: The way prescribed
If u want to avoid experimenting with medication and decreasing the chance for addiction , u use them the way u doctor has suggested.

In brief: The way prescribed
If u want to avoid experimenting with medication and decreasing the chance for addiction , u use them the way u doctor has suggested.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Masking the problem
Follow directions on package for proper dose and dose interval.
Do not exceed printed directions. Understand, however, that pain killers will not eliminate your infection, and the longer it goes untreated the worse the infection will become. Please see your dentist asap to have the infected tooth treated.

In brief: Masking the problem
Follow directions on package for proper dose and dose interval.
Do not exceed printed directions. Understand, however, that pain killers will not eliminate your infection, and the longer it goes untreated the worse the infection will become. Please see your dentist asap to have the infected tooth treated.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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