Self Medication Dangers
Nobody likes a toothache! But when a toothache unfortunately comes your way, it is always best to call our office. Dr. Chomas, Dr. Henzler, and their team at Watsontown Dental can help you manage your aches. The best treatment for any toothache is an appointment at the dental office to diagnose and treat the cause of your pain. The care of health professionals is always preferred over self-treatment and self-medication. Taking prescription medication that was not prescribed for the specific toothache can be dangerous-it's not a good idea at all.
In recent years the misuse and abuse of medications has been growing. The misuse and abuse of immediate release opioid pain relievers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin and Lortab) and oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet)) have reached epidemic proportions.
While patient's have a responsibility to use pain killers only as prescribed, they also need to keep any unused prescription drugs from getting in the wrong hands.
The American Dental Association has created a useful do's and don'ts sheet that is printable for you to tape to the inside of your medicine cabinet door. Such disposal tips for unused prescription medicines can help us all keep potentially dangerous meds from getting in the wrong hands.
Visit MouthHealthy.org/meds for a printable copy.