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Sodium fluoride drops

Generic Name: sodium fluoride (SOE-dee-um FLOOR-ide)
Brand Name: Examples include Fluor-A-Day, Fluoritab, and Kardium

Sodium fluoride drops is used for:

Preventing cavities in children older than 6 months of age when the amount of fluoride in the water supply is too low.

Sodium fluoride drops is a mineral. It works by strengthening the teeth and decreasing the effects of acid and bacteria on the teeth.

Do NOT use sodium fluoride drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in sodium fluoride drops
  • your drinking water has a fluoride content greater than 0.6 parts per million (ppm)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using sodium fluoride drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with sodium fluoride drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have joint pain, kidney problems, softening of your bones (osteomalacia, rickets), or stomach or intestinal ulcers

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with sodium fluoride drops. However, no specific interactions with sodium fluoride drops are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if sodium fluoride drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use sodium fluoride drops:

Use sodium fluoride drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take sodium fluoride drops by mouth with or without food. Do not eat or drink dairy products within 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking sodium fluoride drops.
  • Do not take an antacid that has aluminum, calcium, or magnesium in it for several hours after you take sodium fluoride drops.
  • Use the dropper that comes with sodium fluoride drops to measure your dose. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • Certain brands of sodium fluoride drops should be mixed in juice or water before you take it. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure if you should mix sodium fluoride drops in juice or water.
  • Certain brands of sodium fluoride drops should be taken at bedtime after you brush your teeth unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure when to take sodium fluoride drops.
  • If you miss a dose of sodium fluoride drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use sodium fluoride drops.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT use more than the dose recommended by your doctor or dentist.
  • Notify your dentist if your teeth become spotted or stained.
  • Sodium fluoride drops should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 6 months old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • Caution is advised when using sodium fluoride drops in CHILDREN younger than 6 years of age. The appropriate dose of sodium fluoride drops depends on the child's age and the amount of fluoride in the drinking water. Talk with your doctor if you have questions about the appropriate dose for your child or the amount of fluoride in your drinking water.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while using sodium fluoride drops, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using sodium fluoride drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if sodium fluoride drops is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using sodium fluoride drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of sodium fluoride drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with sodium fluoride drops. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; diarrhea; fast or irregular heartbeat; increased drooling; muscle weakness; nausea; seizures; slow or shallow breathing; sore tongue; stomach pain or cramping; tremor; vomiting.

Proper storage of sodium fluoride drops:

Store sodium fluoride drops at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep sodium fluoride drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about sodium fluoride drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Sodium fluoride drops is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take sodium fluoride drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 sodium fluoride drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to sodium fluoride drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using sodium fluoride drops.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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