Use of strontium chloride for the treatment of osteoporosis: A case report

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Context • Strontium ranelate is an approved prescription medication for the treatment of osteoporosis in Europe. In the United States, the only available forms of strontium are those that are nonprescription, dietary supplements. Some patients with osteoporosis use those products because they prefer an alternate treatment to conventional therapy. Currently, no controlled trials have been conducted on the effectiveness of the supplements for treating osteoporosis. Objective • The study intended to examine how one woman responded to the use of strontium chloride. Design • This was a retrospective case study. Setting • The woman in the case study was a patient in an academic urban women’s health clinic in Minneapolis, MN, USA. Participant • The participant was a postmenopausal woman with a history of vertebral fracture. Intervention • The participant took 680 mg daily of strontium chloride for 2.5 y. Outcome Measures • The patient had begun receiving dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans in 2004 and continued to receive follow-up scans every 2 y. After beginning strontium therapy in December 2011, she received DXA scans in March 2012 and May 2014. Results • During the study, the analysis of the patient’s DXA scans showed a positive increase in the bone mineral density (BMD) of her vertebrae and her right hip and maintenance of her BMD in her left hip. Conclusions • Although the current case report does not provide enough evidence to conclude that US dietary supplements of strontium are effective in preventing fractures, it demonstrates a positive experience for one patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-70
Number of pages5
JournalAlternative therapies in health and medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2016


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