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Fluoride 2800 ppm Toothpaste

Package Leaflet: Information for the user

Fluoride 2800 ppm Toothpaste

Fluoride

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, dentist or pharmacist.
  • This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, dentist or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

This medicine is available as Fluoride 2800 ppm Toothpaste but will be called Fluoride Toothpaste throughout the rest of this leaflet.

What is in this leaflet

1. What Fluoride Toothpaste is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Fluoride Toothpaste
3. How to use Fluoride Toothpaste
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Fluoride Toothpaste
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. WHAT FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

Fluoride Toothpaste is used for the treatment of tooth decay (dental caries) of the tooth crown and root, in children and adolescents aged 10 years and older. The toothpaste contains fluoride as sodium salt, which belongs to a group of medicines called caries preventing agents.

2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE

Do not use Fluoride Toothpaste:

  • if you are allergic to sodium fluoride or any of the other ingredients of this medicine, listed in section 6.
  • if you are a child aged under 10 years.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or dentist, or pharmacist before using Fluoride Toothpaste:

  • Fluoride Toothpaste has a high fluoride content.

Fluoride tablets, drops, chewing gum, gels or varnishes, as well as fluoridated water or salt, should be avoided during the use of Fluoride Toothpaste. In order to prevent build up of fluoride, your total intake must be assessed before using this fluoride toothpaste. Ask your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist about this.

Children and adolescents

Fluoride Toothpaste is not intended for use by children aged under 10.

Other medicines and Fluoride Toothpaste

No interactions with other medicines are known.

Tell your doctor, dentist or pharmacist if you are taking or using, or have recently taken or used, or might take or use any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Fluoride Toothpaste with food and drink

Fluoridated water and salt should be avoided while using this toothpaste. Food and drink, if taken immediately after brushing your teeth, may reduce the amount of tooth remineralisation that occurs. You should therefore brush your teeth with Fluoride Toothpaste after meals.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding, and fertility

There is no experience with the use of Fluoride Toothpaste in pregnant women. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

Driving and using machines

Using Fluoride Toothpaste will not affect your ability to drive or use machinery.

Fluoride Toothpaste contains sorbitol solution and propylene glycol:

  • if you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before using this medicinal product.
  • propylene glycol may cause skin irritation.

3. HOW TO USE FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE

Fluoride Toothpaste is only for use by persons aged ten years and older.

Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor, dentist or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Use Fluoride Toothpaste daily instead of your normal toothpaste. Brush carefully and thoroughly, for one minute, morning and evening:

  • apply a 1 cm ribbon of toothpaste onto your toothbrush for each brushing.
  • brush your teeth vertically, from the gum to the tip of the teeth.
  • spit out excess foam and do not swallow.

Careful brushing of your teeth takes about one minute.

For best results, you should not drink or rinse for 30 minutes.

Use in children and adolescents

This toothpaste is not for use by children aged less than 10 years.

If you use more Fluoride Toothpaste than you should, or if you have swallowed the toothpaste

If you swallowed a large amount of toothpaste by mistake, and if you experience digestive problems such as being sick, diarrhoea, and pain in the stomach or abdomen, you must tell a doctor immediately as treatment may be required. Please take this leaflet with you.

If you constantly swallow too much of the toothpaste over several months, or years, you may get stained or speckled appearance of tooth enamel, and enamel fragility (dental fluorosis), or increased bone density, osteosclerosis (bone fluorosis).

If you forget to use Fluoride Toothpaste

Use as soon as you remember, but do not use a double dose to make up for a missed dose. Continue treatment as usual after the next meal.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

In some rare cases (less than 1 in 1,000 users) allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions can occur, such as rash, itching, swelling, and redness.

Burning oral sensation has also been reported.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, dentist, or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the national reporting system, the Yellow card scheme; website www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. HOW TO STORE FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the tube and carton after Exp. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Discard 6 months after opening.

Replace the tube cap after use. This product requires no special storage conditions.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION

What Fluoride Toothpaste contains

  • The active substance is fluoride, as sodium fluoride. Each 1 g of toothpaste contains 2.8 mg fluoride (as sodium fluoride), which is 2800 ppm fluoride.

The other ingredients (excipients) are: Sorbitol solution (non-crystallising) (E420), glycerol (E422), macrogol 600 (E1521), saccharin sodium (E954), carmellose sodium (E466), sodium laurilsulfate, silica dental type precipitated (E551), titanium dioxide (E171), mint flavouring (containing menthol, propylene glycol, spearmint oil, carvone, anethol, ethyl maltol, vanillin) and purified water.

What Fluoride Toothpaste looks like and contents of the pack

Fluoride Toothpaste is a smooth, white coloured paste with the odour and taste of spearmint.

It is supplied in a 75 ml collapsible tube enclosed in an outer carton.

Marketing Authorisation Holder:

Morningside Healthcare Ltd
115 Narborough Road
Leicester
LE3 0PA
UK

Manufacturer:

Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd
5 Pavilion Way
Loughborough
LE11 5GW
UK

This leaflet was last revised in 05 / 2015.

Version: V003/05/05/15/PL20117/0239