a number of years ago, I took fluoride supplements because I didn't have a dentist and thought it was good for my teeth. I took these for a number of years. I am now a 39 year old female. My concern in Skeletal fluorosis. What is my risk of getting this now? I haven't taken the fluoride for 6 years. Our water does not have fluoride in it. I use a fluoride toothpaste.

Can early stages of skeletal fluorosis show up on lumbar spine xrays (which I had recently for something else)

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I am uncertain what your risk of skeletal fluorosis is. You would need to please check with a dentist or medical doctor. It is good to use a fluoride toothpaste.  I am uncertain if it can show up on lumbar spine X rays, which is a question that be directed towards a dentist or medical doctor.  I would try to go see a dentist for yearly checkups and cleanings.  There are programs available for those who do not have dental insurance or who are under insured.  It is best to ask a health care professional before taking fluoride supplements because toxicity in the body can occur with high enough doses.  


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Being a pharmacist, I can answer questions on medications. This includes how drugs work in the body, drug interactions, drug side effects, warnings and precautions to take when using certain medications, dosage forms and strengths, management of overdosing, storage of medications, drug administration, contraindications, and drug indications. I am able to guide them on lab work that needs to be drawn and monitored while on certain medications. I am able to help patients save money when purchasing medications by directing them to cost-effective therapies. I am able to answer questions on federal laws governing pharmacy practice in the United States. I am unable to answer questions legally as if I am diagnosing the patient's disease or illness. For example, if a patient stated he had upper flank pain, I am unable to say he definitely has a urinary tract infection. However, I am able to direct the patient to the correct next step, which is to call his physician with such a side effect.


I have been a licensed pharmacist since 2007, holding licenses in CT and MA. I have a PHARM.D from an accelerated pharmacy school program. Currently, I work at the Hebrew Home and Hospital in West Hartford, CT as a pharmacist. I am a well-rounded pharmacist, with experience in long-term care, IV home infusion, retail, hospital, and hospice. I serve as the pharmacy unit coordinator for Mass Dispensing Area #31 in CT, where I am called upon as a volunteer pharmacist in case of public emergencies, such as anthrax threats. I helped run the swine flu vaccine clinic in 2009. I am on the Editorial Advisory Board for Pharmacy Today, a publication of the American Pharmacists Association. My position on the board runs for three years. Every month I make suggestions and offer ideas that would help improve the magazine. I have undergone extra training to administer vaccines to patients, which is training that only a certain percentage of registered pharmacists in the country have.

American Pharmacists Association 2007

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, MA- PHARM.D 2007 University of California, Irvine- BA psychology 2001 cum laude

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