Fluoride

Adult Medication

Brand Names: US

Act Kids [OTC]; Act Restoring [OTC]; Act Total Care Dry Mouth [OTC]; Act Total Care Sensitive [OTC]; Act Total Care [OTC]; Act [OTC]; CaviRinse [DSC]; Clinpro 5000; ControlRx [DSC]; Denta 5000 Plus; DentaGel; Fluor-A-Day; Fluorabon; Fluorinse; Fluoritab; Flura-Drops; Gel-Kam Rinse; Gel-Kam [OTC]; Just For Kids [OTC]; Lozi-Flur; NeutraCare; NeutraGard Advanced; Omni Gel [OTC]; OrthoWash; PerioMed; Phos-Flur; Phos-Flur Rinse [OTC]; PreviDent; PreviDent 5000 Booster; PreviDent 5000 Booster Plus; PreviDent 5000 Dry Mouth; PreviDent 5000 Plus; Sensodyne Repair & Protect [OTC]; StanGard Perio

Brand Names: Canada

Fluor-A-Day

What is this drug used for?

  • This supplement is used to prevent cavities.
  • It is used to help sensitive teeth.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to fluoride or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like 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 0.6 parts per million.

Lozenge:

  • If the fluoride in your drinking water is greater than or equal to 0.3 parts per million.

Tablets and drops:

  • If you have any of these health problems: Bone problems, joint problems, kidney problems, or ulcers.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Tell your dentist if your teeth become stained or spotted.
  • Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
  • This drug may cause harm if a large amount is swallowed. If a large amount of this drug is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Different brands of this drug may have different doses for children. Talk with the doctor before giving this drug to a child.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
  • Some products are used every day while others are used 1 time a week. Follow what you have been told by your doctor.

Lozenge, drops:

  • Use this drug before bedtime, after you brush your teeth, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Use the dropper that comes with this drug to measure the drug.
  • Some brands of the drops need to be mixed with water or fruit juice. Check to see how your brand is to be taken.
  • Lozenges: Melt slowly in your mouth.
  • Do not take milk, other dairy products, or calcium within 1 hour of this drug.

Tablets and chewable tablets:

  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Use this drug before bedtime, after you brush your teeth, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • Do not take milk, other dairy products, or calcium within 1 hour of this drug.

Chewable tablet:

  • Chew or crush well. Do not swallow it whole.
  • Some brands may also be melted in your mouth. Check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Oral paste:

  • Use this drug before bedtime.
  • Use in place of your regular toothpaste, unless your doctor says otherwise.
  • Brush as you have been told and then spit out.
  • Do not swallow this drug.
  • Do not eat, drink, or rinse for at least 30 minutes after using this drug

Sodium Fluoride and potassium nitrate paste:

  • Rinse well and spit out rinse water.

Rinse, gel:

  • If using the rinse, swish around for 1 minute before spitting out.
  • If using the gel, apply a pea-sized amount and brush well. Let the drug stay on your teeth for 1 minute before spitting out.
  • Do not swallow this drug.
  • Do not eat, drink, or rinse for at least 30 minutes after using this drug

Stannous fluoride rinse:

  • Mix with water as you have been told before using this drug.
  • Use right away after mixing.
  • Swish half of the mixed drug for 1 minute, then spit out. Repeat with the rest of the drug.
  • Do not swallow this drug.
  • Do not eat, drink, or rinse for at least 30 minutes after using this drug

What do I do if I miss a 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.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2013-10-22

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