Can a dentist in general practice prescribe pain killers?

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  1. RootCanal

    RootCanal I 2+ Year Member

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    With the strict rules now a days, can general dentists prescribe drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone etc? I know usually they will just tell the patient to take advil or something.
     
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  3. rals

    rals Member 5+ Year Member

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    Ask in dental to be sure, but I would bet the answer is yes. dentists are doctors, and have full rights as such as long as it makes sense in the dental context.
     
  4. djeffreyt

    djeffreyt Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    we will be able to prescribe a lot of things, including narcotics like vicodin and percocet.
     
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  5. Prosthoman

    Prosthoman Banned Banned

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    that is what we do everyday
     
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  6. jdmsamurai

    jdmsamurai 2+ Year Member

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    i believe the answer is yes...because the dentist i volunteered for prescribed painkillers to a patient who just had a root canal done...
     
  7. Duysal

    Duysal Junior Member 5+ Year Member

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    Yes, dentists can prescribe just about anything. A few weeks ago my boss prescribed a lady yeast-infection meds because she kept complaining that seeing her doc. was too expensive!!!!!! I'm not joking, though I really wish I was...
     
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  8. DDSBound

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    Are you serious? Isn't that out of our scope? I always thought we would be limited to antibiotics, painkillers and maybe anxiety meds? (not sure about that last one but so many people panic at the dentist). Then again I guess no one questions why antibiotics are being prescribed? Maybe he can get away with it.
     
  9. sonylarkhi

    sonylarkhi 2+ Year Member

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    Yes....dentists can prescribe painkillers from schedule II drugs up...including percocet, vicodin, tylenol 3 etc.....
     
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  11. aphistis

    aphistis Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Pain meds are some of the most frequently prescribed dental medications in existence. Amoxicillin & Vicodin are the two drugs I've Rx'ed the most, and I've prescribed those as much as everything else combined.
     
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  12. PChemGrad

    PChemGrad I am a banana. 10+ Year Member

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    What do you have to do to get your DEA number after graduation of dental school, so you can prescribe these drugs?
     
  13. shabu2

    shabu2 10+ Year Member

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    You need a license first in a state before you can apply for your DEA #.
     
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  14. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    Aphistis, I've got to say I like the look of DDS after your name a lot better than that count down you had going before. Congratulations.
     
  15. aphistis

    aphistis Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Thanks. I definitely prefer it too. :)
     
  16. DDSBound

    DDSBound 2+ Year Member

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    Why the hate from everyone? No, this isn't me. This is Jim from The Office. Since you seem so interested, I am 6'1", 195 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, got sort of a 5 o clock shadow thing going on. Should I send you a personal add with my photo or something?
     
  17. sonylarkhi

    sonylarkhi 2+ Year Member

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    and you're secretly in love with Pam.....I love that show
     
  18. rothrube

    rothrube 5+ Year Member

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    It is still in our scope of practice to perscribe diflucan for fungal infections. Think about thrush.

    I will occasionally perscribe it when I perscribe an antibiotic and pain reliever when I extract teeth to help women that get yeast infections from antibiotic use.
     
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