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Old 04-02-2007, 01:31 PM   #1
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Pain medication after root canal/extraction

Can anyone suggest a effective pain med for after a root canal or extraction? Last time all I had was aspirin because I was allergic to the dye in the pain med. Thanks. Fam

 
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Re: Pain medication after root canal/extraction

I just had one last month and all I needed was Aleve. They gave me a scrip for Lortab but I never needed it.

 
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:10 PM   #3
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Re: Pain medication after root canal/extraction

Personally I think Aleve is the best - start by taking 2 and then take another in 6 hrs if pain isn't alleviated. You can safely take up to 5 or 6 a day although the package instructions tell you not to. The OTC form of naproxen is 220mg per caplet - yet when my dr prescribes the prescription strength form (aka brand name Naprosyn, generic naproxen) they are 500mg tablet taken 2-3 times a day. For me it works best with dental and body pain. If you have a sensitive stomach and are not used to taking NSAIDs eat something beforehand or when you take it.

 
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Re: Pain medication after root canal/extraction

Yeah, those are great as well!

 
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Re: Pain medication after root canal/extraction

Thanks for all the replies. I forgot to mention that I have a swallowing problem so I can't take pills or capsules unless I can dissolve them in water. I asked my dentist for some pain med in preparation for a root canal. You won't believe what he told me: he always asks the pharmacist cause he/she knows all the latest drugs. I had been in to see the pharmacist the week before & he said the Dr. is the one to ask. Go figure!!!! Sounds like the blind leading the blind. Luckily, the nurse called in a RX for tylenol & codiene so hopefully that will do the trick. Fam

 
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Re: Pain medication after root canal/extraction

famnd........Sometimes advil works for me if taken before the novacaine wears off. I have had alot of dental work done lately and had to take tylenol with codeine. It is the only pain med that has helped at all with dental work. I actually request it now if they want to give me vicodin or percocet. The tylenol3 works better. Usually only have to take one or 2 and I 'm fine. it's the initial wearing off of the novacaine and the soreness that gets to me. Good luck.


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Re: Pain medication after root canal/extraction

Thanks for the input. It is nice to hear that tylenol/coedine worked for you. It has been a long time since I've taken tylenol & I've never taken coedine. I don't have chronic pain or headaches etc. so I've never had to take much medicine. I hope my tooth can hold out until the 29th for the root canal. I have to go out-of-town for two wks so I'm picking up my pain med & antibiotic in case the tooth starts to go South. Fam

 
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Re: Pain medication after root canal/extraction

You can get liquid versions of these. Ask your doctor since you said you have problems with pills. A compounding pharmacy should be able to handle it if your regular drugstore can't.

 
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