The toothache often appears when we do not expect it. You are lucky if can visit a dentist right away to stop the torture. But should you only humbly suffer, if the doctor is unavailable? No. You can take Nurofen tablets for toothache instead. They will not only remove the unpleasant symptom, but also help reduce risks of complications, if your visit to a dentist is postponed.
What Is Nurofen?
Nurofen, which comes in pills or another form, is an ibuprofen-based, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug.
Ibuprofen belongs to a new generation of NSIAD, which means that pharmacologists have taken into account all previous drawbacks and minimized their effect on the human body.
This, however, does not mean that Nurofen is allowed to be taken without special indications. Like any medicine, Nurofen has a number of restrictions.
Ibuprofen is one of the most potent NSIADs and provides a comprehensive action:
Has an antipyretic action: taking the drug during fever helps return the body temperature to normal.
Relieves pain: in the body, ibuprofen blocks the synthesis of substances which ‘transmit’ the pain signal from an affected tooth to the central nervous system.
Jugulates the inflammation: while, most of the time, the toothache is accompanied with an inflammatory process in gums, pulp, paradentium tissues etc., ibuprofen helps localize the inflammation and keep it under control for some period of time.
Importantly, the preparation secures all these three effects simultaneously. This feature is Nurofen’s advantage as it allows lowering the medicinal load on the body and providing a comprehensive effect at the sane time. This is particularly valuable for those who already takes medicines for acute or chronic conditions, so it is not desirable to increase the load on the liver and kidneys, which remove drug metabolites.
Nurofen tablets for toothache have been used for many years and proved to be an effective pain-killer. Due to the comprehensive effect of the medicine, dentists recommend it to treat pain symptomatically in the following situations:
medium or heavy caries;
acute or chronic pulpitis;
root granuloma or cyst;
periodontal or gum abscess;
third molar cutting (including the complicated one);
recovery period after surgery (tooth removal, gum ablation, cyst removal etc.);
during an adaptation period after delivering a denture or brackets, if the patient feels discomfort while no orthodontic defects in the construction can be found.
Actually, ibuprofen can be used with any pain syndrome (headache, muscle pains, throat pains etc.), including pains accompanied with fever and signs of inflammation (swelling in the painful area, redness of the skin or mucous membranes in this area, hot feeling on the spot).
The only requirement to make Nurofen’s action effective and safe is absence of contraindications to the medicine.
Nurofen administration is contraindicated in case of any diseases and conditions accompanied with high risks of bleeding. This means that, if you have a stomach ulcer, ulcerative colitis, menstrual period, proneness to haemorrhoidal bleeding, or you are in an early postoperative period, only your doctor can prescribe the remedy upon considering all risks and advantages for your health.
Also, ibuprofen-based remedies should not be taken if you already take some NSIADs and/or anticoagulants (cardio-aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid, heparin and other remedies against blood clotting).
Heavy organ inefficiencies allow taking any drugs only when this is a doctor’s recommendation. This refers to Nurofen too. People with kidney, cardiac, pulmonary or liver inefficiencies should take it carefully.
Nurofen’s side effects are reported seldom. Chances of getting them are in direct proportion to the duration of taking the drug though. The longer you use it, the higher the risk of getting:
heartburn, nausea, vomiting, discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen;
sleep disorders (from insomnia to permanent sleepiness);
If any side effects listed on the product label appear, the administration is to be stopped immediately.
Nurofen in tablets can be taken by both adults and children above 6 (at lower dosage). The medicine comes also in other forms, which can be administered to children starting from the age of 3 months. These are syrups and suspensions, which contain ibuprofen too and have a triple effect (remove the fever, relieve the pain and confine the inflammatory process). Given there are no contraindications, the remedies can be used to kill the pain in children during a tooth cutting period.
No matter what the form is, the Nurofen administration should not exceed 4-5 days. If, after this time, the pain cause is not removed, please, visit your doctor to treat the original cause of the pain syndrome or change the analgetic.
And the main point to remember: this medicine does not cure caries, pulpitis or another dental condition. It can effectively kill the pain during the time it takes you to get to your doctor.