Karidium DropsGeneric Name: Sodium Fluoride
(SO-dee-um FLOR-ide)Brand Name:
Examples include Karidium and Luride
Karidium Drops are used for:
Preventing cavities in children older than 6 months of age when the amount of fluoride in the water supply is too low.
Karidium Drops are a mineral. It works by strengthening the teeth and decreasing the effects of acid and bacteria on the teeth.
Do NOT use Karidium Drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Karidium 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.
Before using Karidium Drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with Karidium 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, severe kidney problems, or stomach or intestinal ulcers
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Karidium Drops. However, no specific interactions with Karidium Drops are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if Karidium 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 Karidium Drops:
Use Karidium Drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Karidium Drops by mouth with or without food. Do not eat or drink dairy products within 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking Karidium Drops.
- Do not take an antacid that has aluminum, calcium, or magnesium in it for several hours after you take Karidium Drops.
- Use the dropper that comes with Karidium Drops to measure your dose. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
- If you miss a dose of Karidium Drops, 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 Karidium Drops.
Important safety information:
- Do not exceed the dose recommended by your doctor or dentist.
- Notify your dentist if your teeth become spotted or stained.
- Karidium 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 Karidium Drops in CHILDREN younger than 6 years of age. The appropriate dose of Karidium 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 taking Karidium Drops, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Karidium Drops while pregnant. It is not known if Karidium Drops are found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Karidium Drops, check with your doctor. Discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Karidium 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 Karidium 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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), 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 Karidium Drops:
Store Karidium Drops at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). 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 Karidium Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Karidium Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Karidium Drops are 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.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Karidium Drops. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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