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What is the best over the counter pain medication

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Posted by: gotbfdk  (9 years ago)
I have SEVERE tooth pain, my whole head is pounding along with my teeth. I cant see my dentist til next week and the pain is unbearable! Ive tried using anbsol and orajel, as well as ib profin and tylenol but it doesnt seem to help. What is a good pain reliever that would help with this pain so i can sleep?
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I have SEVERE tooth pain, my whole head is pounding along with my teeth. I cant see my dentist til next week and the pain is unbearable! Ive tried using anbsol and orajel, as well as ib profin and tylenol but it doesnt seem to help. What is a good pain reliever that would help with this pain so i can sleep?

Nothing will eliminate your pain except treatment. My favorite OTC pain is Naprosyn (Alleve) because it has a longevity of about 5 hours. My guess is about 600mg will be your optimum dose.
Posted 9 years ago
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Your pain must have gone by now but I must say that Ibuprofen is an excellent pain medication if it is used at the proper dosage. It's been proved that a 200 mg dose will slightly alleviate pain, 400 mg take 2/3 off the pain and only 800 mg will get rid of almost all (90%) the pain. Warning: tablets should only be taken with a meal and some countries (like France) restricts doctors prescription to 400 mg per take.
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Posted 9 years ago
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It has been shown in several studies that alternating ibuprofen and acetaminophen (Tylenol) works well in treating severe pain. That way you can take pain medicine every two to three hours. Be careful not to take too much acetaminophen! Over 4000 mg. per day (8 500mg. pills) can lead to liver damage. The best thing, for you, of course, would be to see your dentist as soon as possible.
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