Can Indomethacin be used for tooth pain? 

Can Indomethacin be used for tooth pain? 

Indomethacin may help your tooth pain since it’s a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). However, Indomethacin is not the most commonly used NSAID for dental pain and very few people actually use it for that purpose (1). 

However, Indomethacin being a painkiller can help your tooth pain to some extent. If you don’t have any other painkiller at hand and your toothache is really giving you a hard time, you can take this medication.

Make sure you ensure the safe and effective use of Indomethacin. To do so, it is important to stick to the recommended dosage strength and frequency of drug use.

It is also important to check the expiry date before taking indomethacin or any other medication to ensure that it is potent enough to help your symptoms. 

What are the alternatives to Indomethacin for tooth pain? 

The most commonly used medications for tooth pain are Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, and Naproxen. These meds provide good pain relief and NSAIDs can also control swelling if any. 

Paracetamol is relatively considered safer and you can take it 3 to 4 times a day (2). However, Paracetamol may not be able to control it severely as efficiently as NSAIDs do. 

These meds are actually good painkillers, but they can cause gastrointestinal side effects – which is why their use could be a concern for those who don’t have a healthy gut. 

However, Ibuprofen among other NSAIDs is believed to be lighter on your stomach and is associated with less severe GI side effects. 

On the other hand, dental gels containing a local anaesthetic can also be used for the management of tooth pain. You can just apply the gel to the affected tooth and it’ll numb the area for pain relief. 

Is taking a painkiller enough for tooth pain? 

No, taking a painkiller to numb the pain for some time is not a ‘treatment strategy’ for your tooth pain. It’s best to reach out to your dentist and get your tooth properly checked. 

If you have an ongoing bacterial infection in your tooth that’s causing the pain, you will have to take antibiotics to get rid of it. You can literally lose a tooth to infection if you leave it untreated and let the infection spread. 

So, it’s okay to use painkillers for symptomatic relief but they won’t treat the root cause of your pain. This is why you should always rule out any harmful condition before you decide to ignore it. 

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