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Drug Interaction and dental infection?
Jul 26, 2001

Dear Doctor, a few months ago I had a tooth caped by a dentist. 5 months later I suddenly had a slightly painful swelling of the gum below that tooth and suspected an abscess which the dentist confirmed. He gave me penicillin for one week and my swelling is still there after one week. It may have slightly reduced but not much. Could there be a drug interaction? I am on Viracept and combivir -950tcell and undetectable. Please advise. Thank you very much for your answer.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

There is no drug interaction to be concerned about here. You may need a longer course of penicillin, a different form of penicillin (for example, Pen VK instead of Pen G), or a different antibiotic (clindamycin works against some mouth bacteria that don't respond to penicillin).

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