Strontium is a silver metal substance that is used to treat osteoporosis, especially in postmenopausal women. This drug is also used in the treatment of sensitive teeth and bone pain related to cancer. In the body, strontium is mostly found in bones.

This drug is usually prescribed by doctors to treat severe osteoporosis in women who are past menopause and men who are at high risk of fractures. Naturally, strontium can be found in seafood , milk or meat.

Strontium trademark:  Protos

What is Strontium

class Prescription drug
Category Bone metabolism drugs
Benefit Treat osteoporosis
Consumed by Mature
Strontium for pregnant and lactating women Category N:  Not yet known

Strontium can be absorbed into breast milk. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medication without consulting your doctor.

Drug form Powder

Precautions Before Taking Strontium

Follow the doctor's recommendations and suggestions while undergoing treatment with strontium. Before taking this drug, you need to pay attention to the following things:

  • Do not take strontium if you are allergic to this drug. Always tell your doctor about any allergies you have.
  • Tell your doctor if you have had or currently have heart disease, kidney disease,  deep vein thrombosis , pulmonary embolism,  high blood pressure , a blood clotting disorder, or phenylketonuria .
  • Tell your doctor that you are taking strontium if you are having a blood or urine test, because these drugs can affect the test results.
  • Tell your doctor that you are taking strontium before having surgery, including dental surgery.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking tetracycline antibiotics or any other medicines, including supplements and herbal products.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy.
  • Immediately see a doctor if you have an allergic reaction to a drug or an overdose after taking strontium.

Dosage and Rules for Use Strontium

The dose of strontium in the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women or in men who are at high risk of fractures is 2 grams per day.

How to Take Strontium Properly

Follow the doctor 's recommendations and read the information listed on the drug packaging label before taking strontium. Do not reduce or increase your dose without consulting your doctor first.

Strontium should be taken on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours after dinner. It is recommended to take this drug before going to bed at night.

Mix strontium with water. Pour the strontium into a glass and add 30 ml of water. Stir until the drug is evenly distributed in the water then drink slowly. If you have trouble drinking it right away, stir the solution again before drinking.

Strontium solutions should not be allowed to stand for more than 24 hours. If it has been more than 24 hours, you will need to make a new solution.

If you have recently consumed milk, dairy products, or supplements containing  calcium , it is recommended to wait 2 hours before taking strontium.

Try to consume strontium regularly at the same time every day for maximum treatment. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

If you forget to take strontium, it is recommended to drink it immediately if the gap with the next consumption schedule is not too close. If it's close, ignore it and don't double the dose.

Store strontium at room temperature and in a closed container to avoid exposure to sunlight. Keep medicine out of reach of children.

Strontium Interactions with Other Drugs

The following are interactions that can occur when using strontium with other drugs:

  • Decreased effectiveness of strontium when taken with calcium-containing drugs
  • Reduced absorption of tetracyclines or quinolones

In addition, taking strontium with milk, food or other products that contain calcium can also reduce the effectiveness of strontium.

Strontium Side Effects and Dangers

If consumed according to doctor's recommendations and instructions for use on the package, strontium generally rarely causes side effects. However, sometimes the following side effects may appear:

  • Headache
  • Stomach ache
  • Nauseous
  • Vomit
  • Diarrhea

Check with your doctor if the side effects above don't go away or get worse. Immediately see a doctor if you experience a drug allergic reaction which can be marked by swelling of the lips and eyelids, an itchy rash, or difficulty breathing.

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