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Bad tooth ache and can't get into a dentist. Currently on antibiotics. What can I take for pain?

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Dr. Jonathan Richards
Dentistry - Endodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Over the counter

Without a prescription from a licensed dentist, you are limited to over-the-counter medications.
Traditionally the best is a combination approach of 600 mg Ibuprofen every 6 hrs, and 500-750 mg tylenol (acetaminophen) every 6 hrs. Be sure you don't have any medical conditions (stomach, kidney, or liver problems) that prevent using these before taking them. An antibiotic may not help though. See an endodontist.

In brief: Over the counter

Without a prescription from a licensed dentist, you are limited to over-the-counter medications.
Traditionally the best is a combination approach of 600 mg Ibuprofen every 6 hrs, and 500-750 mg tylenol (acetaminophen) every 6 hrs. Be sure you don't have any medical conditions (stomach, kidney, or liver problems) that prevent using these before taking them. An antibiotic may not help though. See an endodontist.
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Dr. Randy Nolf
Dentistry - Periodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ibuprophen

Sorry to hear about your pain.
You can take up to 2400 mg of Ibuprofen daily. That would be 4 over the counter Motrin 3 times per day. The antibiotic should start to help reduce the pressure and the pain will diminish. You still need to seek diagnosis and treatment by a dentist. Hope you feel better quickly.

In brief: Ibuprophen

Sorry to hear about your pain.
You can take up to 2400 mg of Ibuprofen daily. That would be 4 over the counter Motrin 3 times per day. The antibiotic should start to help reduce the pressure and the pain will diminish. You still need to seek diagnosis and treatment by a dentist. Hope you feel better quickly.
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Dr. BHARAT RAKSHAK
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ibuprofen

Over the counter Motrin (200 mg), -ibuprofen 400 to 600 mg three times a day.
You could so try tylenol (acetaminophen) . Reduce the dose as the pain reduces after the antibiotics kick in and reduce the cause- that could be infection or inflammation

In brief: Ibuprofen

Over the counter Motrin (200 mg), -ibuprofen 400 to 600 mg three times a day.
You could so try tylenol (acetaminophen) . Reduce the dose as the pain reduces after the antibiotics kick in and reduce the cause- that could be infection or inflammation
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Mask symptoms

Bad toothache probably means infected tooth.
Antibiotic will help control (but not eliminate) infection. Best otc pain reliever to mask symptoms is advil/motrin/ibuprofen. 1-3 every 4 hrs with liquids or food. But if you're taking 3, avoid driving or using machinery. You can also call an endodontist, most have emergency services.

In brief: Mask symptoms

Bad toothache probably means infected tooth.
Antibiotic will help control (but not eliminate) infection. Best otc pain reliever to mask symptoms is advil/motrin/ibuprofen. 1-3 every 4 hrs with liquids or food. But if you're taking 3, avoid driving or using machinery. You can also call an endodontist, most have emergency services.
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Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry

In brief: Go to the ER

If you are already taking antibiotics and on tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil, there is nothing much else you can do on your own.
You could go the hospital and get an injection of local anesthetic and may be some stronger pain killers until you can see your dentist.

In brief: Go to the ER

If you are already taking antibiotics and on tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil, there is nothing much else you can do on your own.
You could go the hospital and get an injection of local anesthetic and may be some stronger pain killers until you can see your dentist.
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