Pain Management

Types Of Medications

1.  Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)

  • 400-600mg can be taken every 4-6 hours as needed

  • Usually comes in a 200mg tablet or capsule

 

2.  Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

  • 1000mg can be taken every 4-6 hours as needed

  • Usually comes in a 500mg tablet or capsule 

 

3.  Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox)

  • 500mg can be taken every 4-6 hours as needed

  • Usually comes in a 250mg tablet

 

4.  Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Norco, Loratab)

     Three different strengths

  • 5mg/325mg

  • 7.5mg/325mg

  • 10mg/325mg

  • 1 or 2 tablets of 5mg/325mg can be taken every 4-6 hours as needed.

  • Usually prescribed by the dentist for surgical or complex extractions.

  • Used more infrequently due to overuse and misuse resulting in addiction or overdose

 

Options For Use

 

  1. Note that the dentist may prescribe a combination or alternation of any of these OTC medications.

  2. Alternation example: take 600mg ibuprofen [Advil] then 4 hours later take 1000mg acetaminophen[Tylenol]

  3. Combination example: take 325-650mg acetaminophen [Tylenol] and 200-400mg ibuprofen [Advil] together every 6 hours