Why is this medication prescribed?
Fluoride is a substance used to stop tooth decay. It is absorbed by teeth and works to fortify them, withstand acid, and stop bacteria from causing cavities. Children and adults who live in non-fluoridated homes are typically administered fluoride (already has fluoride added).
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.
How should this medicine be used?
Fluoride is available as a liquid, tablet, and chewable tablet for oral administration. Typically, it is taken once per day. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Fluoride should be taken as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.
The fluoride liquid can be consumed straight from the bottle or combined with other foods like cereal and fruit juice. To measure your dose, use an oral syringe or a dropper. Tablets can be chewed, dissolved in the mouth, or mixed with liquids like water or fruit juice. For usage in baby formulae or other products, tablets may also be dissolved in water.
Fluoride aids in tooth resiliency and cavity prevention, but it does not replace brushing or flossing.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking fluoride,
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you have any drug allergies, including those to tartrazine (a yellow colour found in several processed foods and medications) and fluoride.
- If you take any medications, including vitamins, be sure to let your doctor and pharmacist know. While using fluoride, avoid taking calcium, magnesium, or iron supplements without first consulting your doctor.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking fluoride.
- If you follow a low-sodium or sodium-free diet, let your doctor know.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
One hour before or one hour after taking fluoride, avoid eating or drinking dairy products.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Fluoride might have negative impacts. If this symptom is severe or does not go away, let your doctor know:
- Stain on the teeth
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Unusually high saliva production
- Flavour of salt or soap
- Abdominal pain
- Uneasy stomach
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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