i had a long appointment on tuesday. the final thing done was an extraction on a lower molar (the one in front of the last one-don't know the number!) it took almost 2 hours to extract the tooth-it was badly decayed.
the bleeding didn't last long and i was prescribed ibuprofen 800 mg and tylenol with codeine. i took them tuesday night and wednesday, but they made me so drowsy and heavy feeling- the last time i took a tylenol was 3am thursday morning. i have 2 little girls to take care of so i didn't want to risk anything. i switched to taking 400-600 mg advil every 4 hours, but it really isn't doing much for the pain.
it's been about 72 hours since the extraction. my husband is home from work now and will be for the weekend, so i'm going to take the prescription pain meds again so i can feel better.
my question (sorry it took so long to get here!) is...is it normal to need the strong prescription? i spoke with the dr that did the extraction and he kept asking if the pain was getting better-but it's hard to say since i stopped taking the medicine almost the day after the extraction. (i wouldn't say it's gotten any worse since yesterday morning.) how long do most people need to take medicine after a difficult extraction?
thanks for any help in advance!!