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any dentists or medical people around, antibiotics for tooth abscess prescribed

(40 Posts)
chocolatelife Mon 27-Apr-15 18:34:06

250 mg Amoxicillan prescribed

but I have an unopened packet of Amoxicillin 500 mg

to save on the prescription costs, can I use this double dose? It was for nasty wound infection but now I ahve a tooth abscess.
seems a shame not to

ThatBloodyWoman Mon 27-Apr-15 18:47:07

I would.

ThatBloodyWoman Mon 27-Apr-15 18:48:43

Btw I'm not a medical professional...

VivaLeBeaver Mon 27-Apr-15 18:50:59

If it's in date I would.

chocolatelife Mon 27-Apr-15 18:52:27

happy with these 2 positive answers <<I bet it wont last>>

ArseForElbow Mon 27-Apr-15 18:56:00

I would too.

Also not a medical professional.

TheBuffyBot Mon 27-Apr-15 18:59:19

I would.
Not a medical professional but someone who once had a tooth abscess. Ouch you have my sympathy OP.

chocolatelife Mon 27-Apr-15 19:00:18

thanks grin toothy grin <<while I still have them>>

Musicaltheatremum Tue 28-Apr-15 22:35:13

The doses have increased now. I always use 500mg 3 times daily in an adult.

chocolatelife Wed 29-Apr-15 05:34:10

oh thanks, i was thinking 500 mg x 2 which is only slightly more than 250 x 3,
perhaps i had better go with the 500 mg x 3 then?

TopsyRose Wed 29-Apr-15 05:36:46

I'm not a professional but I had an abscess last week and was given a dose of 3 x 500mg amoxicillin a day.

chocolatelife Wed 29-Apr-15 05:38:21

oh thanks.
She didnt want to even give the antibiotics, just talked about the root canal vs removal.
I didnt want her to do it, asked her to send me somewhere else if absolutely necessary.
but this is what my previous dentist did, antibiotics and referred me elsewhere.
did it work TopsyRose?

catlovingdoctor Wed 29-Apr-15 06:13:36

I wouldn't- that's double the dose you've been determined to need. Can give you nasty side effects. Incidentally how do you have leftover antibiotics from before? Did you not finish the course?

NoArmaniNoPunani Wed 29-Apr-15 06:16:35

Advice for dentists is only give antibiotics if the abscess is making you systemically unwell. If that's not the case you shouldn't really be taking ABs, you should be deciding what to do with the tooth that's causing the abscess.

chocolatelife Wed 29-Apr-15 06:32:56

the antibiotics were changed, hence being left over, for a different condition.

Bugsylugs Wed 29-Apr-15 06:45:08

If you take the 500mg you need to take it three times a day usually for 7 days

chocolatelife Wed 29-Apr-15 06:48:11

thanks Bugsy

Mrsmorton Wed 29-Apr-15 06:51:05

What armani said. Antibiotics not the right treatment unless you've got a temperature.

chocolatelife Wed 29-Apr-15 06:51:47

no, the dentist did prescribe them
try RTFT people

Mrsmorton Wed 29-Apr-15 06:56:35

I dont think anyone said the dentist didn't prescribe them. Armani and I (both dentists) just pointed out that it's the wrong treatment and your dentists is potentially flouting guidelines/evidence whatever for some reason. Hope it gets better soon.

chocolatelife Wed 29-Apr-15 06:57:44

thanks grin me too
have gone for referral for extraction, can't bear the thought of a root canal filling, or whatever

NoArmaniNoPunani Wed 29-Apr-15 07:12:59

I did read the thread. Why ask for a dentists advice and then when one comes along be rude to them.

chocolatelife Wed 29-Apr-15 07:20:02

your advice was arguing against my dentist, NoArmani, as well as me.

how do I know you are a dentist, or anyone else, I am pretty sure the lady I saw in the blue tunic was a dentist, she had certificates on the wall and everything.

in my defense, I do have rotten tooth/face/ear ache. as you can imagine.

Mrsmorton Wed 29-Apr-15 07:32:12

So why did you ask for advice from
Dentists or medical people if that was going to be your attitude?

chocolatelife Wed 29-Apr-15 07:34:24


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