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This article provides a summary of the efficacy, and relative efficacy, of 38 different drugs or drug combinations tested in standard postoperative pain trials. It will help clinicians and patients make informed choices about analgesia based on pain relief, duration of action, and adverse events, which can then be put into context for the individual patient, depending on local availability. This article highlights the fact that no single drug is effective in all patients--even the best drugs fail to provide good levels of pain relief in at least 30%. These patients should try a different analgesic.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/sj.bdj.2011.905

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br Dent J

Publication Date

11/11/2011

Volume

211

Pages

419 - 420

Keywords

Acetaminophen, Analgesics, Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal, Drug Combinations, Facial Pain, Humans, Ibuprofen, Molar, Third, Pain, Postoperative, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Review Literature as Topic, Tooth Extraction