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Tablets Against Toothache: First Aid for Suffering Nerves

Toothache is one of the most intense pain sensations of all. There is a good reason for that. Toothache is always a sign of a disease requiring treatment and makes a timely visit to the dentist inevitable. However, as they also occur when the dentist you trust cannot be reached directly, many people fall back on toothache tablets for first aid.

The range of toothache tablets is wide. Numerous analgesics, painkillers, which can also be purchased without a prescription, promise rapid relief. Active substances such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol are available in many different versions for the treatment of toothache. Both from different brands as well as single and combination preparations.

Most important rule: ask a doctor or pharmacist!

Under no circumstances should you choose your toothache tablets on your own. A consultation with a doctor or pharmacist is strongly recommended. Not all toothache tablets are recommended for everyone, especially if you are taking other medications as well. However, there are some principles that you should know about toothache tablets.

Toothache tablets: How they work

To understand how drugs such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol work against toothache, it is necessary to understand that pain is caused by molecular processes in the human organism. Pain is the signal that is so important for our survival and indicates diseases and injuries. The trigger for the pain stimulus transmitted from the affected part of the body to the brain via the nerve endings is the messenger substance prostaglandin. Active substances such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, Naproxen and the acetylsalicylic acid known as ASA or Aspirin dock to an enzyme that the body needs for the synthesis of the messenger substance prostaglandins and block it. For this reason, the pain stimulus does not occur for the duration of the effect, or only to a greatly reduced extent.

In addition to these prescription-free drugs, there are even stronger products such as Mitramizol, which is available exclusively on prescription from a doctor, to treat severe toothache, for example after surgery. However, we will only go into more detail here on the frequently used drugs Ibuprofen, Paracetamol and ASA.

Ibuprofen against toothache: the quick remedy

The first choice for toothache tablets for otherwise healthy adults is Ibuprofen. The pain-relieving effect is much more noticeable than with ASS or Paracetamol. Ibuprofen is particularly effective against toothache because it also has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. In well sorted house pharmacies it is considered as a Joker among the tablets against toothache.

A circumstance which, by the way, can also lead to the fact that the discomfort disappears completely when the prescription-free dosage of 400 mg is taken and is no longer taken seriously. This is why, like any other painkiller, Ibuprofen should not be taken for more than three days on your own, even if you have toothache. The maximum daily dose of 1,200 mg should not be exceeded and should certainly not be used as a substitute for a prompt visit to the doctor.

Paracetamol against toothache: The tolerable alternative

Among all toothache tablets, Paracetamol is considered to be the best digestible, although it is said to have a rather unfavourable effect on the immune system while being taken. However, since it is otherwise almost free of side effects, even children and babies may take it. The pain-relieving effect of Paracetamol in mild toothache is reliable, but Paracetamol has no anti-inflammatory effect like Ibuprofen.

Tablets containing the active ingredient Paracetamol up to a dosage of 500 mg are available without a prescription. Paracetamol should also not be taken over a longer period of time without consulting a doctor.

Acetysalicylic acid for toothaches: caution is advised

Although the analgesic properties of ASA or Aspirin are often praised for mild pain, it is only of limited use for treatment of toothache. On the one hand, there are relatively many people for whom ASA does not help with pain. On the other hand, its anticoagulant properties pose a risk during dental procedures.

Caution should also be exercised with mixed preparations in which the active ingredients mentioned are offered in combination with others. These often have an invigorating effect due to their formula. Unfortunately also on toothache.

The top priority for toothaches remains: get to the dentist as quickly as possible. Because only he can really help. Tablets can only do this temporarily.

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