What to take for massive toothache/headache?


I've never taken a pill in my life but I'm about to. I have the WORST headache combined with a toothache, I mean it has tears in my eyes, and I have a high tolerance for pain.


Orajel? Tylenol?? What kind??

On Jul 21, 2007

Vicoden.....seriously, I had to have a root canal and crown and I was taking them for the pain(and needed it). The dentist prescribed, thank god because the Mortin(I was taking 800mg, the maximum) was not working!!!! It was to get me through the weekend until he did the root canal the next Monday. But I am not afraid to take any meds, I suffer migraines and it's just apart of life(Imitrex, Maxalt, Demeral, Toradol etc...). I couldn't often even get through a day without taking pain meds, it's apart of my life and thankfully they most the time do help. Good luck, sorry about the tooth, HUGS

edit to clear up...I don't take pain meds every day...probably 5-6x's a month they are truly needed. ------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-4 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE) Savannah-1 1/2 (milk and egg)

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On Jul 21, 2007

Since I can't swallow pills, DH went to the store and got me Tylenol Rapid Release Extra Strenght (liquid), lasted 20 mins then back to pain. Come on Monday come so I can go to the dentist!

(That stuff is definitely pa/tna safe, right?)

On Jul 22, 2007

Tylenol is safe, but I would recommend you try ibuprofen instead. I always find it works much better than tylenol. It also comes in a liquid, just make sure you take an adult dose.

Yes, Vicodin would help best, but good luck getting a controlled drug without seeing a dr!

On Jul 22, 2007

Is there a dental emergency clinic you can call? Seriously, the pain is not going away. I suffered through a bandly infected wisdom tooth, saw my dentist on the friday who did nothing and promptly left for Greece on the weekend. I lasted until early sunday mornig and my Dad took me to the ER. By that time the infection had spread, it was plain nasty. All they could do was medicate me which is what I needed until I saw another dentist on the holiday monday.

All this to say, get yourself to a dentist/doctor ASAP, you need the meds for the pain. There is nothing worse than a raging toothche. I hope you feel better soon.

Take care,


On Jul 22, 2007

Could the headache be a migraine or sinus problem?

I have made several trips to the dentist, even to emergency dentists, only to find out that there is nothing wrong with my teeth.

I often have trouble distinguishing between sinus/migraine/tooth-related headaches and pain.

We were traveling once, and drove up into the mountains. I got such a toothache that I could have cried. As soon as we drove back down, the toothache went away. Subsequent visit to the dentist showed nothing.

Migraine medication is helping me SO much. All the Tylenol,Advil,codeine,caffeine I could stomach didn't help at all.

Good luck. I wouldn't wish the headache/toothache pain on anyone!