This medication is used to relieve bone pain in people with bone cancer. Strontium-89 is a radioactive drug. It works by building up in certain cancer cells and causing them to die.

How to use

This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. It is injected slowly into a vein over 1 to 2 minutes. The effects of this medication should last for several months. If needed, repeat doses are given as directed by your doctor, usually after 3 months.

Because this medication releases some radiation and may be present in the blood, urine, or stool for about 2 weeks after an injection, be careful to avoid contact with your blood, urine, or stool for at least 2 weeks after your treatment. To avoid splashing, sit down on the toilet seat each time you use the bathroom during the 2-week period after your injection. When you are done, flush the toilet twice. Afterward, wash your hands well with soap and water. Use medical gowns and gloves if you need to clean up any blood, urine, or stool. If any blood, urine, or stool comes into contact with your clothing, the clothing should be washed right away and separately from your other clothing.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, lab tests, and response to treatment.

For the first few days after the injection, you may experience a slight increase in pain. After 1 to 2 weeks, the pain should decrease for several months. Tell your doctor if your pain does not get better or if it gets worse.

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