Strontium Citrate And Strontium Ranelate: Our Informed Visitors Speak Out
Strontium citrate and strontium ranelate are related when it comes to osteoporosis treatment. Related like feuding cousins it seems!
This page has contributions from our well-informed visitors who have so generously spoken from personal experience.
You'll discover helpful information that ranges from tips on how to remind yourself when to take your medications to the latest research on strontium citrate.
In addition, you'll learn of some important contraindications for strontium ranelate from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
If you would like to add to the discussion, feel free to contact us with your comments.
I Think It's Working!
I was losing almost 8% bone density annually but after a year of taking strontium citrate this dropped to 1.5%. (I am still in the rapid loss period in early menopause.)
I will continue to take strontium for another two years and see if I can build density, which is what the research suggests is possible.
New Strontium Citrate Research In Canada
I was reading up on strontium citrate as I think after hearing so many people found it helps them and I found that McMaster University (Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences) in Canada was doing research into this!
Strontium Timing Tip
I take my strontium in the middle of the night after I go to the bathroom. By turning the container upside down, I can remember that I have taken it in the morning. This works really well for me!
Dr. Oz Recommends Strontium Citrate
Dr. Oz has strongly recommended the use of strontium citrate for osteoporosis treatment and prevention.
Although Dr. Oz suggested that patients should educate their doctors about the supplement, strontium citrate can be purchased without prescription both online and in health food stores. Osteoporosis patients would benefit more from educating themselves on how to use strontium effectively.
Strontium research was conducted in combination with the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements but it is important that the strontium be taken separately from the calcium.
Dr. Oz suggested that 1,000 IU of vitamin D be taken with strontium citrate but this is often not sufficient to maintain optimal blood levels in northern regions. During the winter months, 3-5,000 IU may be required.
Strontium citrate can be an outstanding alternative to prescription medication but must be taken appropriately.
Before taking Strontium Citrate, my bone density test showed that I was at a 20% risk of breaking a bone. Started taking Strontium 2 years ago and my latest bone density showed an improvement of 12% and my risk of breaking a bone was low.
Before this I was taking actonel but I could no longer tolerate the side effects. Went to a naturopath who prescribed strontium. Oh happy day!
Strontium Interference With Bisphosphonates
I am not aware of any studies that warn of a conflict between strontium and bisphosphonates such as Fosamax and Actonel.
Servier (a pharmaceutical company) conducted extensive research on strontium but the focus was on the optimal combination with calcium and vitamin D. Servier markets its formula as an alternative to other osteoporosis drugs and its formula is available throughout much of Europe... but has not been approved in North America.
It is recommended as a third tier solution because it must be taken on an empty stomach while being accompanied by sufficient calcium and vitamin D throughout the day. This is a much more challenging regime than taking a pill once a day or once a week.
Anecdotally, I have taken strontium with Evista for two years and did not experience any problems nor did my medical tests reveal any concerns.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has ruled that strontium ranelate (Protelos and Osseor) should not be prescribed to immobilized patients or patients with a history of venous thromboembolism (VTE).
The EMA found that data revealed incidents of VTE were higher in patients with a history of that condition, as well as in patients who are temporarily or permanently immobilized.
Elderly patients were also found to be at higher risk for VTE after using strontium ranelate compared with a placebo.
Research also identified incidents of three skin reactions: drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS); Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS); and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN).
Labels for strontium ranelate have been updated to include these warnings.
Strontium Citrate Prices Are A LOT Better Online
I am amazed at the different prices for strontium citrate. In Canada, Doctor's Best Strontium costs over $30 for 120 tablets while online it can be purchased for $18 at Swanson Vitamins. That is a big difference considering I plan on taking the supplement for the next five years.
Actually... almost all supplements are cheaper online compared to prices here in Toronto. The Canadian manufacturer of strontium charges about a 30% premium compared to the Doctors Best brand.
I just got my latest bone scan results and both my spine and hips have returned to the normal range. I still have osteopenia in my femur neck but I suspect it will improve with targeted exercises... since my bones have responded so beautifully to the strontium, vitamins and minerals.