Pain Management in Denver, CO

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Pain Management

Recent studies have shown that taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®, Nuprin®) together with acetaminophen (Tylenol®, Excedrin®, Paracetamol®) has more significant post-operative pain relief than taking either drug alone. A combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen has significantly greater pain relief than narcotic medications such as codeine, hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Norco®, Lortab®), and oxycodone (Percocet®, Percodan®).

For MILD DISCOMFORT following dental treatment, 400 – 600 mg of ibuprofen is usually adequate. If you are unable to take ibuprofen, 500 – 650 mg of acetaminophen is recommended.

If you are experiencing MODERATE TO SEVERE PAIN following dental treatment, we suggest taking 600 mg of ibuprofen and 500 – 650 mg of acetaminophen at the same time. If this does not provide adequate pain relief, please contact us for advice.

Many over-the-counter cold relief medications contain some of the medications above and can impact your maximum daily dose. Consumption of alcohol with acetaminophen (Tylenol®, Excedrin®, Paracetamol®) can affect the function of your liver. Many prescription medications can also be impacted by these over-the-counter medications. You should consult your pharmacist or physician for advice prior to taking any medications.

Maximum daily doses for these over-the-counter medications is found in the table below:

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