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What are the risks of strontium, and who is not allowed to take it?

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Strontium ranelate has risks though. Doctors can prescribe it only for postmenopausal women and for men with severe osteoporosis who can’t take other drugs. It’s also not for people who:

  • Have blood clots or have had them before
  • Can’t move very much, either for a short time, such as after surgery, or for the long term, such as because of a disability
  • Have a history of heart problems, like a heart attack, angina, or peripheral artery disease, which means there’s less blood flow to your arms and legs
  • Have high blood pressure that isn’t under control

From: Strontium for Osteoporosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation Clinical Updates: "Over-the-Counter Products & Osteoporosis: Case Discussions."

UC Davis School of Medicine: "Strontium Citrate for Osteoporosis Prevention Evaluation (SCOPE)."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Strontium."

Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa: "European strontium drug spurs supplement sales in U.S."

European Medicines Agency: “Osseor.”

National Osteoporosis Society: “Drug treatments for osteoporosis: strontium ranelate (Protelos).”

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation Clinical Updates: "Over-the-Counter Products & Osteoporosis: Case Discussions."

UC Davis School of Medicine: "Strontium Citrate for Osteoporosis Prevention Evaluation (SCOPE)."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Strontium."

Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa: "European strontium drug spurs supplement sales in U.S."

European Medicines Agency: “Osseor.”

National Osteoporosis Society: “Drug treatments for osteoporosis: strontium ranelate (Protelos).”

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 14, 2018

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