As more and more people are getting COVID-19 vaccinations, the topic of taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers to alleviate the side effects of the vaccine has come under increased scrutiny. The second dose of the vaccine is typically the one that makes people most uncomfortable, and they can experience multiple symptoms over several days.
Is it safe to take OTC medications to ease the pain of these side effects? How does all of this affect the timing of dental treatment for your patients?
Find out what experts are saying in this week’s episode of Medical History Mysteries with Drs. Tom Viola and Pamela Maragliano-Muniz.
Watch the video at this link.
Previous episodes of Medical History Mysteries:
- That’s a burn! A chat about topical anesthetics
- Step away from the Valentine’s chocolate: Diabetes and oral health
- There’s a wrong way to take a gelcap?!
- The correct recipe for mixing ibuprofen and acetaminophen
- Don’t hurt the baby! Selecting the safest local anesthetic for pregnant patients
- A St. Patty’s Day toast to alcohol consumption and dental appointments
Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of DentistryIQ and editorial codirector of Through the Loupes. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected].