Patients taking medications to relieve pain or other drugs that may impair reflexes should not operate machinery, cars, etc., while taking these drugs. Antibiotics should be taken as directed until this prescription runs out. Antibiotics may impair the efficiency of oral contraceptives for the duration of the present cycle.
If you were given a prescription for antibiotics, such as penicillin (one tablet every 6 hours), clindamycin (one capsule every 8 hours) or Keflex (one tablet every 6 hours), take it as scheduled. It may be advisable to take it after each meal and one before bedtime. Continue taking the antibiotics until they are finished, usually 5-7 days after surgery.
If an allergic reaction such as rash, hives or itching occurs, stop taking the medication and call our office or your physician. If you have difficulty breathing, call 911 for immediate emergency medical care.
Women, please note that some antibiotics may interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control pills. Please check with your pharmacist.
Having pain after your surgery is expected and common. Pain may last up to two weeks after surgery. It is highly recommended to take two Advil or Motrin immediately when you get home. Keep the narcotic pain medications for bedtime.
For severe pain, a narcotic pain medication such as Tylenol #3, Vicoprofen, Synalgos DC or a number of other strong pain relievers may be prescribed to you. Take them as indicated on the prescription. The initial dose may take up to an hour before is effective. (For this reason, the first dose of your pain medication should be taken before the local anesthetic wears off.) Take 1 or 2 pills every 4-6 hours as needed for severe pain only. For mild discomfort, you may need to take Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc. When taking pills, be sure to drink liquids prior to dosing to help prevent an upset stomach. If you develop itching, rashes or hives, stop all medications and call our office. The prescription may not control all of your pain the first few days after surgery.
When taking narcotic-containing pain medications (e.g. Tylenol #3, Vicoprofen, Synalgos DC), DO NOT DRIVE A CAR OR OPERATE ANY MACHINERY. These medications can make you drowsy and impair your performance.
When an anti-swelling medication such as Medrol or Decadron (Dexamethasone) is prescribed, your face may feel warm and appear red. This is a side effect of the medication and is not an allergy. To correct these problems, discontinue the medication. It will take a few days for the symptoms to disappear. Occasionally, these medications can cause hiccups as well.
Do not rinse or spit during the first 24 hours after your surgery. You should begin rinsing with warm salt water (one half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water) 24 hours after the operation. Do not rinse more than 4 times a day. Avoid excessive vigorous rinsing. This should be done 3 to 4 times a day – for at least 2 weeks after surgery. If you were given a special mouthwash such as Chlorohexidine (Peridex), start using it 24 hours after your surgery. Rinse your mouth with that only twice (2X) daily since this mouthwash will stain your teeth.
Continue other medications (such as your blood pressure medications, insulin, etc.) which you may have been taking routinely before your treatment in our office (unless otherwise directed.) If antibiotics have been prescribed, please continue and complete the entire dosage. Warning: antibiotics may inhibit the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
Due to the medications that you have received, you must be accompanied home by a friend or relative and should not attempt to drive an automobile, ride a bike or operate any type of machinery for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Initially, you will feel drowsy and will only feel like sitting in a chair or lying in bed. Your activity level can slowly be increased to normal levels as you become more alert. The aim should be for moderate exercise the day after surgery, as tolerated.
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