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Fluoride

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Act® Kids [OTC];Act® RestoringT [OTC];Act® Total CareT [OTC];Act® [OTC];CaviRinseT;ClinproT 5000;ControlRxT;ControlRxT Multi;Denta 5000 PlusT;DentaGelT;EpiflurT;Fluor-A-Day®;FluorabonT;Fluorinse®;Fluoritab;Flura-Drops®;Gel-Kam® Rinse;Gel-Kam® [OTC];Just For KidsT [OTC];Lozi-FlurT;NeutraCare®;NeutraGard® Advanced;Omni GelT [OTC];OrthoWashT;PerioMedT;Phos-Flur®;Phos-Flur® Rinse [OTC];PreviDent®;PreviDent® 5000 Booster;PreviDent® 5000 Dry Mouth;PreviDent® 5000 Plus®;PreviDent® 5000 Sensitive;StanGard® Perio;Stop®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Fluor-A-Day
    • Pharmacologic Category: Nutritional Supplement

    Uses
    • This supplement is used to stop cavities.
    • Fluoride works to make teeth strong and fight off decay.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Lozenge, drops:
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Melt the tablets in the mouth, chew them, swallow them whole, or add them to water or fruit juice. Add to water for use in infant formulas.
    • There is a liquid (drops) if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given. Take alone or mix with liquids or food.
    • Chewable tablet:
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Chew or crush well. Do not swallow it whole.
    • It may be mixed with water or fruit juice.
    • Use this drug before bedtime.
    • Rinse, gel:
    • Use this drug before bedtime.
    • Brush with this drug for 2 minutes and then spit out.
    • Do not swallow this drug.
    • If using the rinse, swish around for 1 minute before spitting out.
    • Some products are used every day while others are used 1 time week. Follow what you have been told by your doctor.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to fluoride or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If the fluoride in your drinking water is greater than or equal to 0.7 parts per million.
    • If you are on a low-salt or salt-free diet.

    Precautions

    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Do not take oral drug with milk, other dairy products, calcium, magnesium, or iron.
    • Do not drink coffee or eat for at least 30 minutes after using the rinse or gel.
    • Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Tooth staining.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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