You should begin taking pain medication as soon as you feel the local anesthetic wearing off. Mild to moderate pain can often be controlled by taking Aleve, Advil, or Tylenol shortly after leaving the office. Most procedures will require the use of a narcotic for post operative pain control. Vicodin, Lortab, or Percocet are frequently used. If one of these narcotics have been prescribed, it is wise to start taking these within an hour of leaving the office. Each of these narcotics can be taken in addition to Aleve and Advil (which may be used to supplement the narcotics). Additional use of Tylenol with Vicodin, Lortab, or Percocet is not recommended due to the presence of Tylenol in each of these formulations. For severe pain, the prescribed medication should be taken as directed by Dr. Mellas. Do not take any of the above medication if you are allergic, or have been instructed by your doctor not to take it.