Below is some additional information on prescriptions that Dr. Johnson commonly prescribes.
Be sure to follow the prescriptions that you have been given.
Penicillin VK* 500 mg. Start the day before the procedure and take until all tablets are gone.
Ibuprofen 800 mg. Take until all tablets are gone. This is for relief of mild to moderate pain and swelling after the procedure.
Ultracet (tramadol/acetaminophen)* For relief of moderate to severe pain after the procedure.
Decadron 4mg. This is a steroid that helps with inflammation. Take 1 upon arriving home after surgery and the other the next morning.
Valium (diazepam) 5mg. This is for anxiety. Do not drive, operate machinery, or make important decisions for 6 hours after taking this medication.
Zofran 8mg. This is only needed if you experience nausea after the procedure. If nausea is anticipated, this can be prescribed at the pre-operative appointment at your request. Many times, nausea is the result of taking Ultracet or Norco (hydrocodone)
*Penicillin allergy substitute: Clindamycin (cleocin) 300 mg.
*Norco 5 (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) This is a narcotic and can be habit-forming. On rare occasions this may be given instead of Ultracet, but is usually not necessary. It is also more regulated, therefore can only be given with a specific handwritten script. Only take as necessary for moderate to severe pain relief after the procedure. If you experience nausea and/or vomiting after taking Norco, do not take another dose until the following day. Substitute with over-the-counter Tylenol (acetaminophen) in the meantime. Do not take tylenol and Norco or Ultracet at the same time.
I had been dreading to have a molar extracted due to an experience many years ago and today, I know I wasted a lot of nervous energy. Dr. Johnson pulled the tooth yesterday using only local anesthesia at my request. He ordered pain pills and I did take one when the numbness was leaving shortly after getting home around noon and have put the rest away-don’t need them. There has not been any actual pain and I feel perfectly normal. My sincere thanks to you, Dr. Johnson and your assistant for an experience that cured my dread and should I ever need another you will hear from me.- Marty