For years, dentists have recommended combining ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) to safely enjoy the complementary pain relief benefits of both drugs. Earlier this year pharmaceutical maker, Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved their exclusive drug, Advil Dual Action with Acetaminophen for over-the-counter (OTC) use. This is the first ever, all-in-one product on the OTC market and the dental community is enthusiastic about the ease of use for patients.
Simplified medication protocol will hopefully yield more compliant patients and a reduced need to prescribe opioids. Based on data from multiple clinical studies, the new medication has been shown to achieve more thorough pain relief compared to the individual components taken separately. Additionally, studies show the advil + acetaminophen combination manages pain as effectively as narcotics.
Dr. Robert Stanley, a dentist in Cary NC and co-founder of Stanley Institute says, “The combination of the two medications is very effective. Advil Dual Action will help eliminate confusing directions for managing postoperative discomfort and makes discharge directions easier to follow. By complying more closely with doctor’s orders for pain relief, patients have a better overall dental experience. This is a great, safe addition to the dental arsenal.”