SODIUM FLUORIDE (SOE dee um FLOOR ide) is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and helps to prevent dental decay. It is also used as a fluoride supplement. This mineral may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Drink water that has fluoride
Stomach or intestine disease
An unusual or allergic reaction to fluoride, tartrazine, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
Take this supplement by mouth. Chew it completely or allow this supplement to dissolve in the mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is best to take after brushing the teeth at night. Do not eat or drink any dairy products within 1 hour of taking this supplement. Take your supplement at regular intervals. Do not take your supplement more often than directed.
Talk to your care team about the use of this supplement in children. While this supplement may be prescribed for children as young as 6 months old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
black, tarry stools
burning mouth, sore tongue
pain in the bones or joints
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Do not take these tablets unless you are sure you need extra fluoride. Ask your dentist or care team for advice, especially if you move to a new area where the amount of fluoride may be different.
Do not take calcium supplements, or antacids containing calcium, aluminum, or magnesium, at the same time as this supplement. There should be an interval of at least 2 hours to make sure this supplement works properly.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused supplement after the expiration date.
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