Safe use of paracetamol and high-dose NSAID analgesia in dentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic

Br Dent J. 2020 Jul;229(1):15-18. doi: 10.1038/s41415-020-1784-3.


With dental services currently altered, dentists are being asked to provide advice, analgesia and antibiotics in situations where they would normally be offering operative care. Dentists are familiar with using analgesia for short courses for their patients, but using higher-dose regimes and for periods of over two weeks brings special challenges. This paper reviews the areas where special precautions are needed when using analgesia in the current situation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acetaminophen*
  • Analgesia*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections*
  • Dentistry
  • Dentists
  • Humans
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral*
  • SARS-CoV-2


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Acetaminophen