Pediatric Medication

This information from Lexicomp® explains what you need to know about this medication, including what it’s used for, how to take it, its side effects, and when to call your healthcare provider.

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; Denta 5000 Plus; DentaGel; Fluor-A-Day [DSC]; Fluorabon; Fluoridex; Fluoridex Daily Renewal; Fluoridex Enhanced Whitening; Fluorinse; Fluoritab; Flura-Drops; Gel-Kam Rinse; Gel-Kam [OTC]; Just For Kids [OTC]; Lozi-Flur [DSC]; NeutraCare; NeutraGard Advanced [DSC]; Omni Gel [OTC]; OrthoWash; parodontax [OTC]; PerioMed; Phos-Flur Rinse [OTC]; Phos-Flur [DSC]; PreviDent; PreviDent 5000 Booster Plus; PreviDent 5000 Booster [DSC]; PreviDent 5000 Dry Mouth; PreviDent 5000 Plus; Sensodyne Repair & Protect [OTC]; StanGard Perio

Brand Names: Canada


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 the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child is allergic to this drug; any part of this drug; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had.
  • If your child has any of these health problems: Bone problems, joint problems, kidney problems, or ulcers.
  • If the fluoride in your drinking water is greater than or equal to 0.6 parts per million.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.

Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Tell the dentist if your child’s teeth become stained or spotted.
  • Take care of your child’s 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 be for use in different ages of children. Talk with the doctor before giving this drug to a child.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to your child and the baby.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s 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 child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has 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, swallowing, 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 child’s doctor or get medical help if your child has any side effects that bother your child 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 child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Chewable tablets, liquid (drops), or tablets:

  • Give this drug with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Give this drug before bedtime, after you brush your child’s teeth, unless the doctor tells you otherwise.
  • Some products are used every day while others are used 1 time a week. Follow what you have been told by your doctor.
  • Do not give antacids that have magnesium or aluminum at the same time as this drug. Talk with the doctor or pharmacist.
  • Do not give products that have calcium like dairy products within 2 hours of this drug.

Liquid (drops):

  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this 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.

Chewable tablet:

  • Have your child chew well before swallowing.
  • Some brands of this drug may also be dissolved in your child’s mouth. Check with the doctor or pharmacist.

Oral paste:

  • Use in place of your child’s normal toothpaste, unless the doctor says otherwise.
  • Have your child brush with this drug for 2 minutes and then spit out.
  • Do not let your child swallow this drug.
  • Make sure your child does not eat, drink, or rinse for at least 30 minutes after using this drug.

Sodium Fluoride and potassium nitrate paste:

  • Have your child rinse well and spit out rinse water.

Rinse, gel:

  • If using the rinse, have your child swish around for 1 minute before spitting out.
  • If using the gel, have your child apply a pea-sized amount and brush well. Let the drug stay on your child’s teeth for 1 minute before spitting out.
  • Do not let your child swallow this drug.
  • Make sure your child does 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.
  • Have your child swish half of the mixed drug for 1 minute, then spit out. Repeat with the rest of the drug.
  • Do not let your child swallow this drug.
  • Make sure your child does not eat, drink, or rinse for at least 30 minutes after using this drug.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

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

All products:

  • Store at room temperature 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.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Liquid (drops):

  • Protect from light.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s 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.

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