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.
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
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.
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