Find & Manage Your Patient Assistance Programs
Estimated patient savings $600,000,000.00

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.


(STAN-us FLOOR-ide)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Gel-Kam, Stanimax


Stannous fluoride makes teeth more resistant to decay and bacteria that cause cavities. This medication is used to prevent cavities.

How To Use

This rinse is usually used immediately after brushing or flossing the teeth. Add the solution to the 1/8 fluid ounce mark in the mixing vial. Add water to the 1 ounce mark and mix. Place 1/2 of solution into mouth and vigorously swish for 1 minute, then spit out. Repeat the 1 minute treatment with remaining solution and spit out. If you are using a home irrigator, prepare 1 ounce of solution as described above. Pour into irrigator reservoir and add 4 more ounces of water. Mix thoroughly. Use as directed.

Side Effects

Inform your doctor if you experience mouth or gum irritation while using this medication. If your teeth become stained or change color, notify your dentist. Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, headache or muscle twitches may occur if this medication is accidentally swallowed. If these symptoms occur, contact your doctor. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor if you have any pre-existing illnesses: allergies (especially to fluoride), on a low-salt diet, live in an area where the drinking water is fluoridated. This fluoride supplement is used when the drinking water contains low fluoride levels (less than 0.7 parts per million). This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, excess saliva, stomach pain, diarrhea, irritability, seizures, and loss of consciousness.


Fluoride is found in tea, fluoridated water and fish eaten with bones such as sardines. Adequate toothbrushing should prevent any staining of teeth from occurring.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. As with all medications, keep out of the reach of children.