I was recently prescribed amoxicillin by my dentist for what he said is a gum infection in my mouth. That was 4 days ago and my mouth still hurts and the pain is extreme still. How long until i can expect to feel some relief?
How long should it take to feel better after I start taking amoxicillin for a gum infection?
Question posted by Cristi H on 13 June 2017
Last updated on 19 June 2017 by Michael3551
I don't want to sound rude but I do wonder about some of the answers. Antibiotics generally take 7-10 days and that is one reason you should complete the course ( They are not pain killers for instant relief ) another is that if you don't complete the course you encourage the use of super bugs. Read what the pharmacist has printed on the box. Read the leaflet in the box as it may for example it may recommend with or up to one hour after food. If in doubt ask your Doctor as this is a fairly popular Antibiotic prescribed for many different conditions and " Layman" advise may only apply to their condition and any other medication they are on. If you dont have the information leaflet you can get it from any Chemist or off the internet but the key information to follow is what the Pharmacist has printed on the box/what your Doctor tells you. If you are not sure ASK its your health.
Have I seen Antibiotics work in 3-5 days - yes - but my experience of this one for most conditions is 7-10 days. DONT go by friends or nieghbours recommendations and NEVER swop or take any of their tablets - its just not that simple. Mike.
Is it possibly a tooth abscess or is their anything stuck in your gums? 4 days is a long time for no symptom improvement. I've had 3 abscessed teeth (same tooth and my neglect led to having it removed) but always felt better in the 1st 2 days
You haven't seen ANY improvement at ALL over the period of 4 days?? If not, then your body might have built up an immunity to the medication and you need to be taking something else. If there *has* been some improvement, but not much, just give it another couple days.
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