- High fluoride treatment
- Prevents tooth decay
- Prescription Only toothpaste
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What is Colgate Duraphat?
Colgate Duraphat is a high fluoride toothpaste that is often prescribed for people who are at a higher risk of suffering from tooth decay.
It contains a higher level of sodium fluoride compared to a regular toothpaste. Colgate Duraphat is available to buy online at Medicine Direct following an online consultation with one of our certified doctors.
If you order with us before 2pm, we can offer you free next day delivery on your product.
What is Colgate Duraphat used to treat?
Colgate Duraphat toothpaste is used to help prevent and reverse the early stages of tooth decay.
It contains more than three times the amount of fluoride a normal toothpaste contains. Clinical studies have shown that a fluoride toothpaste like Colgate Duraphat can prevent tooth decay and even reverse the early stages of decay, making for healthier teeth and improved oral health.
Your dentist or health professional will have diagnosed you with an increased risk of tooth decay in order for you to purchase this product.
Who can use Colgate Duraphat?
Colgate Duraphat toothpaste is suitable for adults and children who are aged 16 and over.
It is not suitable for children under 16 years old.
It is generally prescribed for people who have any of the following:
- Active tooth decay or a history of tooth decay
- Exposed root surfaces
- High sugar diets
- Orthodontic appliances
- Dry mouth
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to fluoride or any of the other ingredients contained within it (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details).
If you have any questions or concerns as to whether this fluoride toothpaste is a suitable product for you to use, please speak to your dentist or pharmacist before you start using it.
Always read the patient information leaflet before you start using a new medication.
Possible side effects
As is the case with any prescription medicine, Duraphat toothpaste comes with the risk of side effects, although not everyone who uses it will be affected by them.
Side effects of using Duraphat toothpastes are extremely rare and are generally mild in nature.
In extremely rare cases (less than 1 in every 1,000 people who are treated), some people have reported a burning sensation in their mouth.
You should contact your doctor if this reaction bothers you or does not go away.
Please note, this may not be the only adverse effect you could experience. Speak to your health professional about all the risks associated with Duraphat toothpastes before you begin using one.
Please refer to the Side Effects tab on this page for more serious reactions you could suffer.
Colgate Duraphat Dose and Directions
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Colgate Duraphat.
Always follow your dentist or pharmacist's instructions when using fluoride toothpaste. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you use it and check with your dentist or pharmacist if you are not sure how to use it.
Use Colgate Duraphat as a replacement for your normal toothpaste.
Apply 2cm of the toothpaste to your toothbrush and brush your teeth thoroughly three times a day, ideally after each meal.
Spit out the excess foam and avoid drinking or eating for at least 30 minutes after brushing; this will give the fluoride time to work on your teeth. Do not swallow the foam.
What if I forget to use it?
If you forget to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, brush them as soon as you remember.
To successfully prevent tooth decay, it is vital that you brush your teeth at least twice, preferably 3 times each day. This should be done first thing in the morning, after an evening meal and before you go to bed. Do not over-brush your teeth as this can wear down the enamel.
If you have trouble remembering to brush your teeth, some people find it useful to set an alarm as a reminder.
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Colgate Duraphat Side Effects
In very rare cases, it is possible to suffer a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to this product.
You must either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- You have tightness in your chest or throat
- You develop a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling
- You have swelling in your face, throat, lips, mouth or tongue
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
- You are wheezing
If you suffer from any of the above reactions, you may require immediate treatment in hospital. Always read the information on the side of the box and information leaflet for a comprehensive list of possible side effects.
Always read the patient information leafet or box directions before use. If you have any questions or concerns at all, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor, dentist or pharmacist before you start using this toothpaste.
Colgate Duraphat Warnings and drug interactions
Before you start to take any new medicines, it is very important that you always inform your doctor of any medication you may already be using. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicine, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
At present, there are no known medications that interact with Colgate Duraphat toothpaste.
Do not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes after brushing your teeth with Colgate Duraphat. This can inhibit the toothpaste's effectiveness.
This medication contains sodium benzoate, which is a mild irritant to the eyes and mucous membrane. If you experience a reaction to this medicine, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you have any questions or concerns at all, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor before you start to use the product.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Colgate Duraphat toothpaste is safe to use while pregnant and breastfeeding. Nonetheless, like all medicines, you should inform your doctor or pharmacist before you start using Colgate Duraphat if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Order online safely
Never order any form of medication online unless it is from a pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), like Medicine Direct. This will make certain that you are only ever purchasing medicine that is genuine and safe to use.
All of our doctors are also registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), which means they are legally able to prescribe you medication just like your local GP. After a short online consultation, during which a doctor will assess your problem, they will prescribe the medicine they believe to be the most suitable for you.
You can then purchase this from our online pharmacy, and if you order before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery.
Colgate Duraphat Ingredients
The active ingredient contained in this toothpaste is sodium fluoride.
Please refer to the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of inactive ingredients also contained in this medication.
Speak to your doctor, dentist or pharmacist before using Colgate Duraphat if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients contained in this product.
Updated on: 07/06/2021
This content has been written by James Nuttall and has been medically reviewed by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh.
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