The best OTC remedy for dental pain has been mentioned: Ibuprofen (two or three of the 200 mg pills, Motrin & Advil are both ibuprofen) and two Tylenol. If you prefer, you can substitute naxproxen (Alleve) for the ibuprofen. The reason this combo works is that ibuprofen works at the site of pain and stops the transmission of pain signals TO the brain. Tylenol/acetaminophen works at the OPPOSITE end of the nerve - where the nerve connects to the brain, and works on stopping the message of pain from coming through. So between the two (stop sending the message, stop receiving the message), it usually combines for a pretty effective, non-narcotic pain relief, and is especially effective for tooth pain. If that doesn't work, and you can get someone to write the short-term script, Percocet is another good choice. I haven't seen that Vicodin is great on dental pain. I'm so very sorry for the pain you're going through and I truly hope you are able to find both short-term and long-term relief very soon!GSF
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