What’s the strongest over-the-counter pain medication that can be used to relief toothache which is not a gel?
What’s the strongest over-the-counter pain medication out there that can be used to relief toothache without having to smear a gel like Oralgel or similar around the affected area? Are there any pills which work well for the relief of toothache?
151 proof rum.
I’m not kidding. Most over the counter pain meds aren’t going to help a toothache. You can try ibuprofen or Tylenol, but I’m betting you won’t get much relief.
An alcoholic beverage is much more likely to provide relief for several reasons. One is that the alcohol itself will soothe the inflammed area around the tooth while it is inside your mouth. Secondly, it is a natural pain inhibitor and will release enzymes in your brain that will block the pain radiating from your tooth.
Before the advent of modern pain medications, alcohol was used frequently to deaden pain for minor surgeries including pulling teeth that were rotted or decayed.
If getting drunk as a skunk doesn’t appeal to you, you can go to the emergency room on a weekend (or an emergency dental clinic) for pain medication. If you are in severe pain, it is likely you have an abcess or infection in the tooth and should be treated with an antibiotic anyway–which you also can’t get over the counter.
Good luck and sorry about your pain. Hope it gets better.