Generic Name: sodium fluoride (SO-dee-um FLOR-ide)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.
Sodium fluoride 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 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 if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in sodium fluoride
- 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.
Before using sodium fluoride:
Some medical conditions may interact with sodium fluoride. 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, severe kidney problems, or stomach or intestinal ulcers
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with sodium fluoride. However, no specific interactions with sodium fluoride are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if sodium fluoride 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:
Use sodium fluoride as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Sodium fluoride may be taken with or without food. Do not eat or drink dairy products from 1 hour before to 2 hours after taking sodium fluoride.
- Do not take an antacid that has aluminum, calcium, or magnesium in it for several hours after you take sodium fluoride.
- If you miss a dose of sodium fluoride, take 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 take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use sodium fluoride.
Important safety information:
- Do not exceed the dose recommended by your doctor or dentist.
- Notify your dentist if your teeth become spotted or stained.
- Sodium fluoride is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 6 months old; safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
- Caution is advised when using sodium fluoride in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old. The appropriate dose of sodium fluoride 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 taking sodium fluoride, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using sodium fluoride while pregnant. It is not known if sodium fluoride is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using sodium fluoride, check with your doctor. Discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of sodium fluoride:
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. 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 diarrhea; extreme thirst; increased drooling; muscle weakness; nausea; paleness of the skin; seizures; shallow, rapid breathing; shaking; stomach pain; vomiting; weak or fast heartbeat.Proper storage of sodium fluoride:
Store sodium fluoride at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep sodium fluoride out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about sodium fluoride, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Sodium fluoride 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 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. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to sodium fluoride. 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.
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.