ZocdocAnswersCan I take biaxin for tooth pain?

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Can I take biaxin for tooth pain?

my tooth hurts bad.

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Sorry to hear that you have such bad tooth pain. I am sure that you are aware that Biaxin (or clarithromycin) is an antibiotic. It is a class of antibiotics called a macrolide. It is used in a number of different situations where there is an acute infection (tonsillitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, etc). Some studies have shown that in addition to the antibiotic effects of macrolides, there may be an additional anti-inflammatory effect that is not related to getting rid of the infection which may be beneficial. So depending on whether you have an infection that is causing the tooth ache, and if it is the correct form of bacteria, Biaxin may help. However, there are many different things that can give tooth pain. Dental carries, gingivitis, pulpitis, a cracked or fractured tooth, or even referred pain from another area are all possible reasons for odontalgia (tooth pain). This isn't an exhaustive list of causes, but rather was intended to show that there are many different potential causes, some of which are not infectious...meaning that an antibiotic wouldn't necessarily help. For this reason, I would recommend making an appointment to see a dentist to have the tooth giving you trouble examined to determine the cause, and treat it accurately. Again I am sorry that you are in so much pain, and I wish you all the best.

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