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Re: pain meds-need advice

Posted by lia mason on December 29, 2004, at 10:45:04

In reply to Re: pain meds-need advice missamor, posted by amberlicious on December 27, 2004, at 19:57:39

If you are having root canal... Take ibuprofen before you leave the office after the procedure. I had a very bad experience--something they call "lightning bolts". Terrible waves of pain. When I called the office, I learned that the assistant should have given me the med before any pain started to prevent this.

Also, don't underdose. You can safely take 600 every 4 hours--maybe even more. And if you're feeling fine, take the med anyway--at least for a few days. I've gotten into trouble this way... deciding I didn't need the pain med and then getting clobbered with pain.

Another caution: I am small and had one dentist who underdosed me with vicodin after dental surgery. I don't believe body weight is a good measure of how much you need. So keep an eye on this. This country (US) is so hypersensitive about addiction that docs regularly underdose. In my opinion.

Good luck!

Lia


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