Skeleton Pirate

Skeleton Pirate
Artist: LindaB

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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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Friday, February 21, 2014

Strontium Ranelate to Remain Available in EU

As of February 21, 2014, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has concluded its review of strontium ranelate (Protelos/Osseor). The EMA is recommending the medication remain available in the European Union (EU) but further restricting its use to patients who cannot be treated with other medicines approved for osteoporosis due to contraindications or intolerance. These patients should continue to be evaluated regularly by their doctor, and treatment should be stopped if patients develop heart or circulatory problems. Patients with established, current or past history of ischemic heart disease, peripheral arterial disease and/or cerebrovascular disease, or those with uncontrolled hypertension should not use the medicine.

Study data showed a beneficial effect in preventing fractures, including in patients at high risk of fracture. Available data do not show evidence of an increased cardiovascular risk with Protelos/Osseor in patients who did not have a history of heart or circulatory problems.


 

 

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Wandering Skeleton

Wandering Skeleton
Artist: Joel Hoekstra

Osteoporotic Bone

Osteoporotic Bone
Source: www.mayoclinic.com

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.