Multivitamins and fluoride (By mouth)

Introduction

Multivitamins are given to patients who need more vitamins in their diet. Fluoride helps prevent cavities.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Polyvitamin w/Fluoride, Calcibon, Poly-Vi-Flor, Multivitamin and Fluoride, MVC Fluoride

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to fluoride or other vitamins and minerals.

How to Use This Medicine

Chewable Tablet, Liquid

  • Take this medicine exactly as your doctor ordered.
  • To use the oral liquid, Squeeze the right number of drops directly into the mouth using the dropper. Or you can mix the drops with food or juice.
  • Chew the chewable tablets before swallowing. Take the medicine at bedtime after brushing your teeth.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store at room temperature in the original container, away from heat, light, and moisture. Do not freeze the oral liquid.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • You should not use calcium supplements or eat foods rich in calcium (like milk, cheese, or yogurt) within 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney disease. You should not use certain brands of this medicine if you have kidney disease or are on dialysis. Some brands contain ingredients that could be harmful if your kidneys are not working properly. Always ask your health caregiver what specific brands of this medicine will work best for you.
  • You should not use this medicine more often or take more of it than your doctor prescribed.
  • Too much fluoride can cause white patches or yellow or brown spots on the teeth. If this happens, stop taking the medicine and call your doctor.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Painful or aching bones

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • White, brown, or black spots on the teeth
  • Constipation

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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