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fluoride (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking fluoride?

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

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

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

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

The American Dental Association's Council on Dental Therapeutics recommends the use of fluoride by children up to 13 years of age; the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends fluoride 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 fluoride content is equal to or greater than 0.3 ppm.

How should I take fluoride?

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 fluoride with milk or other dairy products. Calcium can make it harder for your body to absorb fluoride.

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

The chewable forms of fluoride 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 fluoride drops can be taken by mouth undiluted, or mixed with fluid or food.

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

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

Store fluoride at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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