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What happens if you can't swollow pills, but you have a severe toothache?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Suppositories-liquid

or pills can be crushed and mixed with food or liquid.
Always ask your health care provider if that strategy is appropriate for the specific medication.

In brief: Suppositories-liquid

or pills can be crushed and mixed with food or liquid.
Always ask your health care provider if that strategy is appropriate for the specific medication.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Liquid medications

Both antibiotic and pain medications are available in liquid forms.
Evaluate tooth first for cause of discomfort.

In brief: Liquid medications

Both antibiotic and pain medications are available in liquid forms.
Evaluate tooth first for cause of discomfort.
Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dr. Charles Lockhart
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Dr. Nishan Odabashian
Dentistry - Endodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Nothing

Having a toothache (ta) means you should have the tooth checked by your dentist who would do a thorough radiographic (xray), and clinical examination.
This coupled with a medical/dental history will reveal why you have a (ta). It is very rare that you can get rid of a ta by just swallong pills, so it does not matter that you are unable to swallow pills. What matters is that you need to treat tooth.

In brief: Nothing

Having a toothache (ta) means you should have the tooth checked by your dentist who would do a thorough radiographic (xray), and clinical examination.
This coupled with a medical/dental history will reveal why you have a (ta). It is very rare that you can get rid of a ta by just swallong pills, so it does not matter that you are unable to swallow pills. What matters is that you need to treat tooth.
Dr. Nishan Odabashian
Dr. Nishan Odabashian
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Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Take liquid meds

You can take chewable or liquid children's Ibuprofen or acetominophen.
You can also use topical agents such as anbesol or orajel.

In brief: Take liquid meds

You can take chewable or liquid children's Ibuprofen or acetominophen.
You can also use topical agents such as anbesol or orajel.
Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: See a dentist

Tooth problems cannot be solved with medications.
You need treatment, and now. Severe toothaches will soon become unbearable. Feel better soon..

In brief: See a dentist

Tooth problems cannot be solved with medications.
You need treatment, and now. Severe toothaches will soon become unbearable. Feel better soon..
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Two issues

There are two issues here.
The first one is how to get rid of the toothache. That requires dental treatment by a dentist. The second one is how to take medication if you feel that you cannot swallow pills. All medications can be taken in chewable or liquid form.

In brief: Two issues

There are two issues here.
The first one is how to get rid of the toothache. That requires dental treatment by a dentist. The second one is how to take medication if you feel that you cannot swallow pills. All medications can be taken in chewable or liquid form.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: See DDS ASAP

See DDS ASAP.
Plus, ALL patients can swallow pills unless you cannot eat solid food. If you are limited to a liquid diet, liquid meds can be presccribed.

In brief: See DDS ASAP

See DDS ASAP.
Plus, ALL patients can swallow pills unless you cannot eat solid food. If you are limited to a liquid diet, liquid meds can be presccribed.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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