Over the counter (OTC) medications can work as well as prescription medications. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) affects blood clotting less and might be a good choice to avoid bleeding problems. If acetaminophen is in your prescription it is important to take as directed to avoid liver damage. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help keep swelling down in addition to reducing pain. Ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen sodium (Aleve), and aspirin are good choices unless you have asthma or kidney disease.
Tylenol #3, Vicodin, and Percocet are combination medications available by prescription. These opioid medications can cause nausea, vomiting, and constipation. They can also lead to addiction. If too many are taken, or in combination with alcohol, they can be fatal. Opioids can be helpful, but be sure to fill out your health history form accurately. Update your dentist if anything in your health history has changed – like new medications. Use, store, and dispose of medications carefully. If you have any questions, please call Dr. Hutchins at 970-242-7373.