What is strontium used for?
Strontium is commonly used for:
- Bone pain related to bone cancer;
- Sensitive teeth;
- Osteoporosis or “bone thinning”;
- Prostate cancer.
Strontium may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should I take strontium?
It comes as an oral suspension, take between meals, preferably at bedtime at least 2 hours after food, milk, milk products or Ca supplements.
The prescription form of strontium known as strontium-89 chloride is also likely safe when given intravenously (by IV) under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use medication.
How do I store strontium?
Strontium is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store strontium in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of strontium that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush strontium down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using strontium?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of strontium or other strontium’s.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Strontium is likely safe during pregnancy and breast when used in toothpaste. Strontium-89 is likely unsafe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is a radioactive material that might harm the fetus. It may also pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing infant.
Strontium oral suspension is only intended for use in women who have passed the menopause, its safety during pregnancy has not been established. It should not be used by pregnant women. This medicine passes into breast milk. It should not be used by women who are breastfeeding.
Always consult your health care provider prior to using strontium if you are pregnant, breastfeeding.
What side effects can occur from strontium?
Strontium may cause these side effects, such as:
- Stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and headache;
- Memory loss;
- Eczema or dermatitis;
- Blood clots in the blood vessels (venous thromboembolism, e.g., deep vein thrombosis);
- Serious allergic reactions. If you develop a skin rash or blistering, fever, swollen glands, swelling of the face, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or swallowing during treatment, you should stop taking this medicine and consult your doctor immediately.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with strontium?
Strontium may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
- Taking antacids (including Tums, Rolaids, Riopan, Amphojel, Maalox, Mylanta) with strontium can decrease strontium absorption.
- Taking antibiotics (Quinolone, Tetracycline) with strontium. Strontium can attach to some antibiotics called quinolones in the stomach. This decreases the amount of quinolones that can be absorbed.
- Taking estrogens pills, male hormones with strontium. Estrogens pills, male hormones might decrease how fast the body gets rid of strontium. This could cause the body to have too much strontium and potentially cause side effects.
Does food or alcohol interact with strontium?
Strontium may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with strontium?
Strontium may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
- Paget’s disease (a bone disease). The bones of people with Paget’s disease seem to take up more strontium than normal. It’s not known how important this finding is for health.
- Kidney problems. Strontium is eliminated by the kidneys and can build up in people with poor kidney function. Use strontium supplements with caution if you have kidney disease. Strontium ranelate should not be used if kidney disease is advanced.
- Blood clotting disorders. Strontium ranelate is associated with a small increased risk of blood clots. There is some concern that strontium might be more likely to cause blot clots in people with blood clotting disorders. It’s best not to use strontium if you have a clotting disorder.
- High blood pressure.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.
What is the dose of strontium for an adult?
Strontium sachets containing oral suspension:
2g sachet of powder mixed with water daily.
Strontium solution injection:
A dose of 1.5 – 2.2 MBq/kg, 40- 60 µCi/kg body weight may be used.
What is the dose of strontium for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is strontium available?
Strontium is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Strontium solution injection;
- Strontium toothpaste;
- Strontium sachets containing oral suspension (strontium ranelate).
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.
It is also important to carry a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking with you in case of emergencies.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Strontium, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: November 22, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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