• Philip Rigby


I have previously discussed the issues around what medication is best for dental pain. With more research coming to light it is important to get the word out as to how effective the combination of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen is to fight dental pain, as well as potential problems with Codeine containing medications which historically were often prescribed for dental pain.

A recent review, summarized here reinforces the balance struck between achieving effective pain relief and minimizing potential adverse side effects when Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are used together.

One issue that is often overlooked is when patients combine Codeine (or other opiate containing medications eg. Panadeine) with medications used to treat anxiety or depression. Adverse reactions could result in hospitalisations!

It should be noted that Ibuprofen is not appropriate in all cases. Our team of dentists at Brookfield Road Dental at Kenmore will take the time to discuss your pain management needs, but it is also important to let your GP know what medications you are being placed on and to also consult with your Pharmacist to ensure you get the best advice.

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