Skeleton Pirate

Skeleton Pirate
Artist: LindaB


Have you experienced, or read about, negative, and even dangerous, side effects from Fosamax (alendronate), Boniva (ibandronate), Actonel (risedronate), and other bisphosphonates prescribed for osteoporosis? If you have, then rest assured there is a safe, effective treatment for this condition. Strontium, primarily in the form of strontium citrate, is taken orally once a day.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Drugs Associated With Increased Bone Loss And Fracture Risk

"Certain drugs (e.g., glucocorticoids, carbamazepine, phenytoin, valproic acid, lithium, depot medroxyprogesterone, chemotherapeutic agents, and long-term heparin therapy) are known to be associated with increases in bone loss or fracture rate. Thiazolidinediones are the newest addition to this list, as recent clinical trials have reported increased fracture rates in patients receiving these drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus."

"Pioglitazone and rosiglitazone, the two currently available thiazolidinediones, accounted for nearly one quarter of the antidiabetic drugs prescribed in the United States in 2004 and 2005. In 2008, both pioglitazone (8th) and rosiglitazone (98th) ranked within the top 100 prescription drug sales in the United States. This widespread use has exposed many postapproval adverse effects, including bone changes and fractures."

The entire article can be read at:
Bone Loss and Fracture Risk Associated with Thiazolidinedione Therapy
Daniel M. Riche, Pharm.D.; S. Travis King, Pharm.D.
Posted: 10/05/2010; Pharmacotherapy

Wandering Skeleton

Wandering Skeleton
Artist: Joel Hoekstra

Osteoporotic Bone

Osteoporotic Bone

How Strontium Builds Bones

Strontium is a mineral that tends to accumulate in bone. Studies have shown that oral doses of strontium are a safe and effective way to prevent and reverse osteoporosis. Doses of 680 mg per day appear to be optimal. See my "For More Information About Strontium" links section.

Osteoporosis is caused by changes in bone production. In healthy young bones there is a constant cycle of new bone growth and bone removal. With age, more bone is removed and less new bone is produced. The bones become less dense and thus more fragile.

Scientists believe that strontium works in two ways. It may stimulate the replication of pre-osteoblasts, leading to an increase in osteoblasts (cells that build bone). Strontium also directly inhibits the activity of osteoclasts (cells that break down bone). The result is stronger bones.

When taking strontium, be sure to take 1200 mg calcium, 1000 IU vitamin D3, and 500 mg magnesium daily. It is best to take strontium late at night on an empty stomach. Calcium and strontium may compete with each other for absorption if taken together.