cozmik Banned

I have very bad toothache, and I can’t get in to see the dentist for several more days.

So which painkiller is best for you?


Stargal Registered User

Why can't you make it to the dentist? If it's an emergency then they should be able to slot you in soon, rather than making you wait over the weekend.

If it's that bad then over-the-counter painkillers probably won't be that much good for you. The strongest you can get is probably Neurofen Plus, but talk to the pharmacist and see what they recommend. There could be one that's more suitable for toothache.

Oh, and you could try putting whiskey onto a tissue and holding it on the sore area; it might sound a little odd, but it worked for my dad when he had really bad pains.

Shiminay Moderator

Neurofen Plus. Just had a major dose of tooth aches etc that sorted me right out. Read the label etc and make sure you're not alergic to the ingredients!

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hunnymonster Registered User

There is a dental issues forum (sci > biology & medicine > Dental Issues). It might be worth asking for advice over there?

b3t4 Registered User

Neurofen Plus is your only man. Dose yourself up with these after reading the enclosed documentation within the recommended dosage and it should help no end.

Also, ask your pharmacist.


Black Swan Category Moderator

See your dentist?

niallb Registered User

I'd recommend getting the old fashioned Nurofen.
No "plus" means no paracetemol in it, just ibuprofen.
This lets you take a paracetemol every four hours
and a nurofen every four hours, but overlapped,
so you get a boost every two hours if you need it.
It just spreads the load between your liver and your
kidneys, so don't do it for long.
I've been recommended it by a doctor for both
myself and my kids shortterm for dental pain.

On the subject of kids, there's a homeopathic
remedy for kids called "Teetha" by Nelsons,
and depending on the kind of pain, it can give
a shocking amount of relief for a short period.
I tried it myself while suffering from an abscess...

Make the time to get to a dentist though,
you'll get nothing constructive done if all
you can think about are your teeth!

Nurofen can give you mild breathing difficulty if you suffer from asthma.
If you can only take one 'product', consider Solpadeine :-)


monkeyfudge Registered User

My dentist tends to recommend Solphodine for tootheache.

Victor Registered User

Go to doctor / dentist / pharmacist.

cozmik Banned


Your right ,it's bloody hard to think straight with this pain but thanks a lot for the suggestions, everyone!


Big_G Moderator

@NiallB - Don't post on things about which you know nothing. Whilst the drug regimen you describe can be effective, it is not because of the lack of paracetamol in Nurofen that you can alternate drugs like that. And its alternating the stress between liver and stomach. Both ibuprofen and paracetamol are very weak painkillers and even taken in tandem demonstrate no added painkilling greater than the sum of their respective painkilling ability. The Plus in Nurofen Plus is Codeine, an opioid analgesic. Do take Nurofen Plus and not old fashioned Nurofen because it is proven to be more effective in the management of dental pain. Take 1 or 2 every 4 to 6 hours provided you don't have any health reason not to, which are listed in the website below.
Look here for all info:

This is what I recommend for all my patients for dental pain. This is a temporary solution and not a permanent one. This is the treatment of a symptom (pain) not a cause. The cause is likely to be infection, and so effective treatment is removal of the source of infection (which is rarely permanently achievable with antibiotics, and requires physical (ie surgical) removal of the source of infection).

In other words - see your dentist as soon as you can.

FranknFurter Registered User

This is probably going to sound ridiculous but it has never failed me yet!

Sensodyne toothpaste, (the original PINK one). ...squeeze out a pea sized lump and plonk it on the offending tooth and gum. For me it always has made the pain go within 30 mins and no paracetamol or painkiller ever has.

Im not sure if it makes sense from a dental point of view, but just has always worked for me.

Best of luck, I know its terrible, for some reason if im ever going to get a toothache its ALWAYS the week of xmas or a bank holiday weekend or familly gatering


Victor Registered User

Sensodyne toothpaste, (the original PINK one). ...squeeze out a pea sized lump and plonk it on the offending tooth and gum. For me it always has made the pain go within 30 mins and no paracetamol or painkiller ever has.
Hows the fluoride poisoning going?

FranknFurter Registered User

Causes Of Flouride Poisening:

* The most common type of exposure is ingestion of products that contain fluoride. To obtain the exact name of the product and how much was ingested is extremely important.

* Toothpaste contains 1 mg/g of fluoride as sodium monofluorophosphate. This fluoride formulation has low solubility and is generally nontoxic.

* The toxic effects following large ingestions of the following products usually are limited to GI discomfort.

o Toothpaste

o Oral hygiene products


Personally, I'd not consider "pea-sized" a "large ingestion" and Id rather belch than have a tootache
(Never have had any side-effects from it meself tbh).


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Big_G Moderator

This is why I am against this type of 'advice' forum. Pain is usually a sign that something is going on. True dental pain will not be fixed by putting a lump of sensodyne on the tooth. However, a sensitive tooth may experience a reduction in sensitivity with this technique. There is a fine line between these two symptoms, which must be distinguished by a qualified diagnostician ie a dentist, who can then prescribe a course of treatment to successfully fix the problem.

If you are in pain, go to the dentist.

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