Osteoporosis & Strontium ranelate
Have any of those members with osteoporosis used strontium ranelate ? Apparently it's just come back on to the market and seems to have a good reputation compared to bisphosphonates. Any guidance appreciated!
Hi Ronnie 101 - Hadn't seen anything re the Protelos S.Ranelate making a come back. The Pharma Co. was / (still is?) Servier. The drug was pulled in Aug 2017.
Strontium Citrate is available. Pure powder, no adjuvants, and not a chemicalised form of Strontium Citrate unlike the Ranelate :-
The active substance is strontium ranelate. Each sachet contains 2 g of strontium ranelate.
The other ingredients are aspartame (E 951), maltodextrin, mannitol (E 421).
Several years ago following a Dx of osteoperosis, I was prescribed S.Ranelate. Took two sachets, found them quite disgusting and then realised the adjuvants. Did some research and found Strontium Citrate. Also found the book 'Your Bones' by Lara Pizzorno, followed her protocol - Vit-D3; Magnesium and several other supplements. Reversed my osteoporosis. No unwanted side effects. Delighted. No sign of osteoporosis since.
Hope this helps. Any questions, don't hesitate, but, get Lara's book, check out her recommendations. Take care.
Thank you. I have the book - and take the supplements you mention. I've taken AA and risendrate, but stopped because of reflux issues (and because by then I'd read of the long term issues with bisphosphonates). I'm now under pressure from my consultant to take denosumab but I'm trying to convince him to let me try natural means until I can get the pred dose down. I saw the reference to SR coming back (it's on the OS website apparently) and read about how good it seems. I'll re-read the book!
It's not that good. There were many unwanted side effects. Whereas with the Strontium Citrate...it's clean, not chemicalised.
The Bis drugs are...Ho-Hum !
There is this article about strontium which rather puts me off it.
The Ranelate is chemicalised, hence its withdrawal by Servier - who by the way was hauled up for producing a few other drugs that caused untold harm to those taking them.
The USA never did approve of the Protelos Ranelate, the Bis drugs were being pushed instead, follow the money ! No money in Strontium, which was the sole reason that Servier had to find a way to 'change' Strontium...chemicalise it and add in adjuvants. Bingo, a new drug.
Strontium Citrate has a good track record. Yes, it can skew DEXA results, that is why one has too take a break from it or, the radiology dept has to alter settings to accomodate - taking a break is less of a hassle.
There was an excellent forum covering osteoporosis, about 4 years ago. Lara Pizzorno posted, much discussion - and of course the usual pharma profile in evidence. If one scratched around then might locate it. Conclusion, everyone went their own way, a number converted to Strontium Citrate and the Pizzorno protocol. For myself, I had already reversed my osteoporosis. Oddly, I came across an old (finished) bottle of the capsules the other day. Doctors Best. There was no way I was going to take any of the Bisphosphonate drugs - had been prescribed once, took for two weeks, checked out the Bis scene, and stopped forthwith - apart from the fact that the Bis drugs came with a plethora of unwanted side effects including it later turned out, that by stopping the bone turnover, bone became brittle and hence the femur problems that appeared post marketing ! It is now advised to not take for longer than 3 years, then take a holiday / break from, in order to give ones bones a chance to turn over / renew. In addition, the newest one on the market, start to take and you are stuck...as if you stop, then the side effects are !! In the meantime my dentist refused to treat me, from thence on. Refused to believe that I had only taken for two weeks ! Changed dentists and shut up about the blasted Bis drug !
Conclusion. the choice is open. Just take care, do your own in-depth research. Just be careful about whose papers you are digging in to, as if pharma led, then, skewed to the market they are targeting.
Strontium ranelate is an artificial form of strontium, created so big pharma could make lots of money because they could patent the "new" strontium.
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