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Naproxen For Toothache

naproxen for toothache

Will naproxen for toothache work for pain & swelling to face due to tooth ache?

Naproxen belongs to a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

NSAIDs such as naproxen are often prescribed to help relieve pain associated with toothache.

It will help to decrease swelling, pain and fever.

It will not however treat the cause of the toothache. If your toothache persists you should see your dentist.


naproxen for toothache is used to relieve pain from various conditions such as headaches, muscle aches, tendonitis, dental pain, and menstrual cramps. It also reduces pain, swelling, and joint stiffness caused by arthritis, bursitis, and gout attacks. This medication is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by blocking your body's production of certain natural substances that cause inflammation.

If you are treating a chronic condition such as arthritis, ask your doctor about non-drug treatments and/or using other medications to treat your pain. See also Warning section.

How to use Naproxen Tablet

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of stomach bleeding and other side effects, take this medication at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than directed. For ongoing conditions such as arthritis, continue taking this medication as directed by your doctor.

For certain conditions (such as arthritis), it may take up to two weeks of taking this drug regularly until you get the full benefit.

How to take it

Naproxen on prescription comes as 2 different tablets - effervescent and gastro-resistant tablets.

Effervescent tablets are dissolved in water before you take them.

Gastro-resistant tablets have a coating to protect them from being broken down by the acid in your stomach. Instead, the medicine is released further down the gut in your intestine.

If you take gastro-resistant tablets, swallow them whole with or after food. Don't crush or chew them.

If you take effervescent tablets, dissolve 1 to 2 tablets in a glass (150ml) of water and drink.

Naproxen side effects

The most common side effects from naproxen are:

  • rash,
  • ringing in the ears,
  • headaches,
  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness, abdominal pain, nausea,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • heartburn,
  • fluid retention, and


An interaction is an undesired, sometimes harmful effect from taking two or more drugs together. Naproxen and ibuprofen each have interactions to consider, and naproxen interacts with more drugs than ibuprofen does.

Both ibuprofen and naproxen can interact with the following drugs:

certain blood pressure medications such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors

  • aspirin
  • diuretics, also called water pills
  • the bipolar disorder drug lithium
  • methotrexate, which is used for rheumatoid arthritis and some kinds of cancer
  • blood thinners such as warfarin

What is the dosage of naproxen for toothache ?

Ibuprofen dosage instructions

For minor aches, mild to moderate pain, menstrual cramps, and fever, the usual adult dose is 200 or 400 mg every 4 to 6 hours.

Arthritis is treated with 300 to 800 mg 3 or 4 times daily.

When under the care of a physician, the maximum dose of ibuprofen is 3.2 g daily. Otherwise, the maximum dose is 1.2 g daily.

Individuals should not use ibuprofen for more than 10 days for the treatment of pain or more than 3 days for the treatment of a fever unless directed by a physician.

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