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    Default Which is better for toothache pain Ibuprofen 800mg or Naproxen 500mg

    I have really bad teeth and I know, I need to see a dentist asap. But until then. Which is better for toothache pain Ibuprofen 800mg or Naproxen 500mg? BTW, I'm 36.

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    Ibuprofen 800mg would work but it'll be too much. You'd be at risk for greater chances to have side effects with higher dosage. Ibuprofen 400mg every 4 to 6 hours would be enough for a toothache.

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    I personally opt for Naproxen-- I also have chronic jarring toothpains, and Naproxen (Flanax) works better for me. No side effects experienced yet.

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    The way it was explained to me is that 400mg ibuprofen and 800mg ibuprofen have the same analgesic efficacy, except that the 800mg will have great anti-inflammatory effect at the same time it's harder on your stomach. But if it's just for a toothache, 400mg would be just as good as 800mg. Taking more ibuprofen won't help reduce pain. As far as naproxen vs. ibuprofen, naproxen is considered one step up on the ladder, but it is easier on the stomach. 500mg naproxen is roughly equal to 800mg ibuprofen in terms of analgesia and anti-inflammatory effect. For shin splints, for instance, doctors would either prescribe naproxen 500mg twice daily or 800mg three times daily.

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    In my trials naproxen works best. I am not sure exactally why but in my opinion I think it is a much better NSAID then ibuprofen... Best of luck in finding what works.

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    By the way you can take tylenol at the same time as the NSAID too it won't be harmful unless you're drinking the tooth pain away. It's funny that alexer34 mentioned naproxen because I too have had better results than with motrin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suggest View Post
    Dear friend,
    I think you should take 400 mg Ibuprofen with 500 mg Paracetamol,
    this will be better for you,
    in my opinion Ibuprofen 800 mg can Overdose and some side effects may Occur.
    Thanks
    A typical single dosage unit of prescription ibuprofen is 800mg. I'm interested in why you believe that this dosage could result in an "Overdose."
    Also, what are the other side effects that, in your opinion, may occur with this dose?

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    You certainly would not overdose on 800mg of ibuprofen. But any NSAID can give you a little stomach discomfort. I take Diclofenac and it can sometimes cause discomfort, I would recommend eating something with it (if you can manage it) But having had bad enough toothache that i've considered getting pliers out, i'd choose the belly ache. When prescribed, it comes in 400mg tabs and normally it's 2x thrice a day. Saying that, I would opt for the naproxen, and combine with some kind of otc opiate/apap (not sure where you are but you should be able to get at least 10mg otc) Don't get Nurofen + as that's 200/12.8mg and you already have the NSAID covered. You can take parecetamol and ibuprofen at the same time, and a lot of people underestimate this combination.
    I hope it get's better soon, i've said more than once that I would rather go through a drug free childbirth than have toothache, so you have my sympathies...

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    i have seen scripts prescribed by doctors for two elders of late. the ibuprofen 800 with a special coating to preserve and/or protect the stomach. one for sciatica, and one for overall arthritis. the sciatica dude thought it worked.
    if'n i had my druthers, i always felt talwin was the perfect medicine for dental pain. and i had major and extensive work, beginning at 16. and had a plethora of choices for dental pain with my sister an M.D.
    talwin is no longer prescribed readily, so, in absence of same, [i do not do the places that carry it in india or such,] after recent surgeries, i take antibiotics, hydro and added pure codeine.
    i know this is an older thread, but, dental pain is reliable indicia of an underlying problem. one needs to be sure one has flossed. used a water flow to clean the area, or water pik, aka dental irrigation system. take an antibiotic to stop the infection if one sees gums r inflamed. and then, order the mild tylenol w/ codeine from amazon. until one gets to a dentist.
    the wealthier areas still have dentists and clinics at lower costs. one can find a dentist or oral surgeon fresh from schooling and work a payment plan.
    pain is the body's way of alerting one to a problem. some of these problems r treatable. as in dental pain.
    u don't want to wait and then have to have half ur jaw removed. or have infection spread to ur brain. or trigger a dormant autoimmune illness.
    don't let fear of dentists allow ur life to worsen. u can convince a dentist to accept 25 or 50 a month. but, please don't ignore.
    OH, and if u see a tiny hole aka cavity beginning, those little little tubs of cap replacement stuff, sold near toothbrushes and denture care, when applied to suspect tooth, after thorough cleansing of tooth, do stop further damage to tooth or unnecessary pain if tooth is exposed to air. this is a temporary fix.
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    for a tooth ache i normally just use asprin...but thats just me. Naproxen(aleve) works well too but if you have to pin me down to an answer i would say ibuprofen for sure. i believe it has anti-inflammatory properties as well....sometimes i would just make a cocktail of the 3 if my pain was really bad and i wasnt sure what to take...but i wouldnt recommended anyone else doing that...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakey View Post
    I have really bad teeth and I know, I need to see a dentist asap. But until then. Which is better for toothache pain Ibuprofen 800mg or Naproxen 500mg? BTW, I'm 36.
    Orajel really seems to work along with motrin. I know there is a limit to the orajel, but I always use it as much as I can! I really hate toothaches!!! Sure hope you can get to the dentist soon!!!

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    Default my experience

    I had a root canal six years ago on a rear molar. Last week it started really killing me and I called my dentist. This was a Friday so he phoned in a prescription for amoxicillin 500mg and hydroco/apa 7.5-650 for the pain. The tooth quit hurting when I took the hydro and was better on Tuesday. He x-rayed the tooth Wed. and said there was an infection on the end of the root and put me on clindamycin 150mg and said that if pain came back to call him and he would have to pull it. Hope this helps.

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    of course if you can get some hydro that's the best option for pain.If you live in canada,you can get otc 8mg codeine and aspirin or tylenol.that would dull some of the pain for sure.

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    I am one who have had numerous toothaches and refuses to see a dentist because of my fear. I use ibuprofen 800 mg and also salt water brushes and rinsing helps bigtime. I also use a rice bag (hot) on my face and neck when i have a toothache and it mellows it also so i can deal with it. so take an ibuprofen, a tylenol and salt water rinse, then lay down on a hot rice bag til the pain goes, gl.

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    Tracy 1976- I had a really rough tough dentist growing up as a child. I have extreme fear of going to the dentist because of this *******. I recently became friends with a dentist. I always tell him to hook me up with tons of gas. And if It is something bad- he doesn't even tell me what's wrong and puts me under with local Anastesia. I always tell him I am pain sensitive and he hooks me up with a bottle of hydro afterwards. Call around there are many pain and discomfort free dentists out there.

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    I know this may just give you another option:
    I have real bad teeth too and I swear by Advil(brand name) for some reason it laways takes the pain away along with some orajel.

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    QVC is AMAZINGLY accurate on this one. Way to go.

    In the PDR for dental pain Ibuprofen is recommended. In my personal experience Ibuprofen is best for dental pain.

    Yes, analgesia is not considerably different from 400 to 800mg, but prostanglandin inhibition and swelling is noticeably reduced at the 800mg Q12H.

    Of course if you are to take 800mg, take it with a light meal (or heavy if you wish).

    Also there isn't any hard rule you must take one or the other. 600mg Can be a happy medium.

    As for Naproxen vs Ibupfofen.. for Dental pain I choose the time proven Ibuprofen every time.

    However, they BOTH work in very similar way s-- Prostaglandin inhbiition (these a peripheral pain producers) -- and are CycloOcyGinase inhbitors (aka: Cox inhbitors) -- COX is responsible for the formation of the prostaglandins.. so inhbiting this process inhbits pain.

    The biggest difference is chemical in nature and marketing. Naproxen has a half life of elimination of 12-24 hours, while Ibuprofen has a halflife of about 2 hours. Big difference, but Ibuprofen is more effective in this 2-4 hours than Naproxen is over 12 hours, and Naproxen doesn't last 24.

    I have been partial 'against' Naproxen because of the sodium bonding .. even the minute amounts can cause peripheral edema, which in some injuries doesn't help. Also we all know Ibuprofen is notoriuosly hard on the stomach, however Naproxen is 'harder' on the Kidneys.

    (Of course Ibuprofen is Hepatic in elimination -- )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyfish View Post
    You certainly would not overdose on 800mg of ibuprofen. But any NSAID can give you a little stomach discomfort. I take Diclofenac and it can sometimes cause discomfort, I would recommend eating something with it (if you can manage it) But having had bad enough toothache that i've considered getting pliers out, i'd choose the belly ache. When prescribed, it comes in 400mg tabs and normally it's 2x thrice a day. Saying that, I would opt for the naproxen, and combine with some kind of otc opiate/apap (not sure where you are but you should be able to get at least 10mg otc) Don't get Nurofen + as that's 200/12.8mg and you already have the NSAID covered. You can take parecetamol and ibuprofen at the same time, and a lot of people underestimate this combination.
    I hope it get's better soon, i've said more than once that I would rather go through a drug free childbirth than have toothache, so you have my sympathies...
    It's also wise to alternate the ibuprofen & paracetamol, for more longer lasting cover, as you can take paracetamol 4 times per day & ibuprofen 3 times.


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    It's also wise to alternate the ibuprofen & paracetamol, for more longer lasting cover, as you can take paracetamol 4 times per day & ibuprofen 3 times.
    @kathyhinsh this is also the advice I was given - to take both ibuprofen and paracetemol.
    It depends on what's causing the toothache as to what is the best solution, but with my root canal nerve pain I was told to take ibuprofen, paracetemol, and after one particularly agonizing night, I got a prescription from the doc for co-codamol and diclofenac (an NSAID like ibuprofen but supposedly stronger).

    Also, I was told to take them regularly and not 'as needed', as once the pain gets a grip the painkillers do little to relieve it, so the regular dosing was sold to me as important for keeping the inflamation and pain at bay.

    The regular dosing - every four hours - was for relief until the dentist appointment, it wouldn't be advised for long term due to the possibility of stomach problems as another poster has mentioned
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    just an fyi you can both of those meds otc at your local drugstore aleve is naproxen and ibuprofen is ibuprofen... only difference from scripts is that they are higher mg pills. just take the mg thats added up to the perscription one and you are good to go

    also oragel works amazing for toothaches. worked wonders for e when i had an infection in my dry sockets after getting my wisdom teeth pulled. I dont think i would have made it without the oragel

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