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MEDICATION RECOMMENDATIONS:

ANALGESICS – Medications used to reduce or eliminate pain.

OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS:

For mild to moderate pain:

2 or 3 Ibuprofen (totaling 400 or 600 mg) every 4 to 6 hours. Examples: Motrin, Advil, etc. Do NOT exceed the maximum daily dose of 16 tablets or 3200 mg.

If you have an allergy, bleeding problems, or stomach upset due to aspirin or NSAID’s:

1 or 2 Acetaminophen (totaling 325 or 650 mg) every 4 to 6 hours.  Example: Tylenol.

Do NOT exceed a maximum single dose of 650 mg, or a maximum daily dose of 3000 mg.

For moderate to severe pain:

3 Ibuprofen (totaling 600 mg) AND 1 Extra-Strength Tylenol (500 mg) every 6 hours. Do NOT use this combination of medications more than 4 times per day.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS:

For severe pain:

Vicoprofen (Combination of Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen) – Take 1 tablet every 4-6 hours as needed for pain, not to exceed 5 tablets in a 24 hour period.

Side effects may include feeling lightheaded, dizzy, sedated, drowsy, fatigued, confused, or nauseous. Avoid using this medication if you need to drive a car, operate machinery, work, or care for children.

This medication is a powerful narcotic and can be habit-forming depending on your body weight and tolerance, therefore, requests for refills are usually denied.

Use the medication sparingly and take OTC medications whenever possible.

ANTIBIOTICS – Medications used to treat bacterial infections.

Complete the full course of antibiotics even if your symptoms lessen or disappear.

If you experience an adverse reaction such as a rash, vomiting, or diarrhea, stop taking the antibiotics immediately and call the office.

*** Important Note for Women - Antibiotics can interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills, so it is essential to use alternative methods of contraception while taking antibiotics and for 7 days after.

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MEDICATION USE:

Take medications with food to promote better absorption and to prevent nausea.

Avoid alcohol consumption when taking medications.

Follow the directions on the bottle regarding dosage and frequency unless directed otherwise.

Please proceed with recommended dental procedures as soon as possible. Medications may temporarily resolve symptoms or relieve pain, but it is important to treat the source of the problem.

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