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Altaflor

Generic Name: fluoride (FLOR ide)
Brand Name: Altaflor, Ethedent Chewable, Fluor-A-Day, Fluoritab, Flura-Drops, Flura-Loz, Flura-Tab, Karidium, Lozi-Flur, Luride, Nafrinse, Pharmaflur, Pharmaflur 1.1

Medically reviewed: December 15, 2017

What is Altaflor?

Altaflor is a substance that strengthens tooth enamel. This helps to prevent dental cavities.

Altaflor is used as a medication to prevent tooth decay in people that have a low level of this medicine in their drinking water. This medicine is also used to prevent tooth decay in people who undergo radiation of the head and/or neck, which may cause dryness of the mouth and an increased incidence of tooth decay.

Altaflor may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not use Altaflor if the level of this medicine in your drinking water is greater than 0.7 parts per million (ppm).

Before using Altaflor, tell your dentist and doctor if you are on a low salt or a salt free diet. You may not be able to use this medicine, or you may need special tests while you are using it.

Do not take Altaflor with milk, other dairy products, or calcium supplements. Calcium can make it harder for your body to absorb this medicine.

Avoid using antacids without your doctor's advice. Use only the specific type of antacid your doctor recommends. Many antacids contain calcium, which can interfere with Altaflor absorption.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Altaflor if the level of this medicine in your drinking water is greater than 0.7 parts per million (ppm).

Before using Altaflor, tell your dentist and doctor if you are on a low salt or a salt free diet. You may not be able to use this medicine, or you may need special tests while you are using it.

Talk to your doctor and dentist before taking Altaflor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Talk to your doctor and dentist before taking Altaflor if you are breast-feeding.

The American Dental Association's Council on Dental Therapeutics recommends the use of Altaflor by children up to 13 years of age; the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this medicine supplementation by children until the age of 16 years of age. Do not give a 1-mg tablet to a child younger than 3 years old, or when your drinking water this medicine content is equal to or greater than 0.3 ppm.

How should I take Altaflor?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

Do not take Altaflor with milk or other dairy products. Calcium can make it harder for your body to absorb this medicine.

Suck on the Altaflor lozenge until it dissolves completely in your mouth. Do not chew the lozenge or swallow it whole.

The chewable forms of Altaflor can be chewed, swallowed, dissolved in the mouth, added to drinking water or fruit juice, or added to water for use in infant formula or other food.

The Altaflor drops can be taken by mouth undiluted, or mixed with fluid or food.

If you mix Altaflor with food or water, drink or eat this mixture right away. Do not save it for later use.

It is important to take Altaflor regularly to get the most benefit.

Store Altaflor at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, drooling, numbness or tingling, loss of feeling anywhere in your body, muscle stiffness, or seizure (convulsions).

What should I avoid while taking Altaflor?

Do not take Altaflor with milk, other dairy products, or calcium supplements. Calcium can make it harder for your body to absorb this medicine.

Avoid using antacids without your doctor's advice. Use only the specific type of antacid your doctor recommends. Many antacids contain calcium, which can interfere with Altaflor absorption.

Altaflor side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor if you have any of the following side effects:

  • discolored teeth;

  • weakened tooth enamel; or

  • any changes in the appearance of your teeth.

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Altaflor?

There may be other drugs that can interact with Altaflor. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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