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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Is an extra dosage of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone safe for tooth pain?

I am taking Hydrocodone 7.5 mg & acetaminophen 325 mg 48 hours post surgical extraction of impacted wisdom tooth (#32) as well as tooth #31. Have taken 1/2 of pill, as directed, with little relief. Was instructed to take 1 full pill if not enough relief, but am wondering if I can take a 400 mg tablet of ibuprofen (prescribed to my 14-year old son for orthodontic relief, which he no longer needs). I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and get excellent relief from naproxen sodium, however have not been taking often as I have learned there is moderate interaction with my blood pressure med (lisinopril-hctz 20-12.5 M). Perhaps it is best I just take a full pill of the hydrocodone/acetaminophen as prescribed? TYIA.
Thu, 2 Nov 2017
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Thanks for the query..

If you are not relieved with half a pill of hydrocondone acetaminophen combination then you can very much take a full pill as the dose is within the safe range..

One thing that I would like to tell you is that pain after wisdom tooth extraction is a common finding, you need not to worry, the pain will gradually subside as the healing will proceed.

So if there is tolerable range of pain then you need not to worry and just relax.

However you can take Ibuprofen but the combination you are taking is competent and even stronger, so better continue with the same..

You can also apply Lidocaine gel over the extraction socket to reduce pain..

You can also do cool compresses over the cheek..

Hope this helps..

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