ok so i had a tooth that was hurting pretty bad yesterday so i went to the dentist and told her about it, but made it very clear that i not only would prefer non-narcotic methods of pain relief, but that i absolutely refuse to use any opiate based pain killers. come to find out i have an absessed tooth and they are going to have to give me a root canal. ive never had a root canal so im not sure if its going to hurt the next day or how bad. my question is... are there any other pain killers i can use that dont have opiates in them that would be effective (that way i could suggest those to them after surgery) i have been using ibuprofen for the pain with little/ no results... its like swallowing a sugar pill when ur used to taking 180mg of oxy a day. any feedback would be very much appreciated
How much ibuprofen are you using? Ibuprofen is a great drug for dental pain. I have known people who have sworn the ibuprofen does more for them than the narcotic. As you know though, it is not going to be the same as taking an OxyContin. The pain after your root canal should not be as bad as it is right now with the abcess, so you might find that an ibuprofen does the trick. The dentist might be able to prescribe you the 800mg strength which is much more powerful than the OTC strength. Many people find that taking the Rx version of the 800mg is better than taking 4 OTC ibuprofen tabs. I dont know why that is since it is the same amount of mg but I do know of many, many people who have said it is true. There is also the possibility of an injection of Toradol. Toradol is a very powerful NSAID that is given either by injection or by IV. It is available in pill form but is not recommended unless therapy is started by IV first. Toradol injections work better than morphine for some people. Good for you for sticking by your guns and refusing the narcotics! I hope all goes well for you and that you find relief soon!
First of all CONGRATS ON TELLING THEM NO OPIATES!! That's a HUGE step!! I had a root canal a year or so ago and once they fix it you shouldn't have too much pain. The painful part is BEFORE you have it done. Ask for the gas while they do it. It wears off immeadiatly when they turn it off and is non-narcotic. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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