Opalescence : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions & More
Why is this medication prescribed?
Opalescence (Fluoride) is used to prevent tooth decay. It is absorbed by the teeth and helps to strengthen the teeth, resist acid and block the action of the bacteria that form the cavity. Opalescence is generally prescribed for children and adults whose homes have non-fluoridated water (it already has Opalescence (Fluoride) added).
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Fluorine comes as a liquid, tablet, and chewable tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Opalescence exactly as directed. Do not take more or less or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Fluorine liquid can be taken directly from the bottle or mixed with cereal, fruit juice, or other foods. Use a dropper or oral syringe to measure your dose. The tablets can dissolve in the mouth, chew, or add to drinking water or fruit juice. Tablets can also be added to water for use in infant formulas or other foods.
Fluorine helps strengthen teeth and prevent cavities; It is not a substitute for brushing or flossing.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking Opalescence,
• Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Opalescence (Fluoride), tartrazine (a yellow tint in some foods and processed medications), or any other medications.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, especially vitamins. Do not take calcium, magnesium, or iron supplements while taking Opalescence without checking with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Opalescence, call your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are following a low sodium or sodium free diet.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Do not eat or drink dairy products 1 hour before or 1 hour after taking Opalescence.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Opalescence may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if this symptom is severe or does not go away:
- staining of teeth
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- unusual increase in saliva
- salty or soapy taste
- stomach pain
- upset stomach
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor can submit an online report to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medicine in its container, tightly closed and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
It is important to keep all medications out of the sight and reach of children, as many containers (such as those for taking pills weekly and those used for eye drops, creams, patches and inhalers) are not resistant to children and children. young children can easily open them. To protect young children from poisoning, always close the safety caps and immediately put the medicine in a safe place, one that is up and away and out of your sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org
Unnecessary medications must be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and others cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to get rid of your medication is through a medication take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local recycling / trash department to find out about return programs in your community. Check out the FDA’s Safe Drug Disposal website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call the Poison Control Helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. If the victim collapsed, had a seizure, is having trouble breathing, or cannot wake up, call 911 immediately.
What other information should I know?
Keep all your appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else take your medicine. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important that you keep a written list of all prescription and over-the-counter (non-prescription) medications you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should carry this list with you every time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to take with you in emergencies.
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Disclaimer: We have made every effort to ensure that all information is factually accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a licensed health care professional’s choice of knowledge and expertise. You should always consult your doctor or other health care professional before taking any medication. The information given here is subject to change and it has not been used to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions or adverse effects. The lack of warning or other information for any drug does not indicate that the combination of medicine or medication is safe, effective or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.