What is strontium ranelate and why is it prescribed?
Strontium ranelate is thought to work by both speeding up the production of new bone tissue and slowing the breakdown of old bone material.
Clinical trials have shown that strontium ranelate reduces the risk of spine and hip fractures in people who've already had a fracture, as well as those with low bone density.
Strontium ranelate is only available to people who can't use other osteoporosis treatments.
It is not suitable for people who have a history of heart disease or circulatory problems such as blood clots, stroke, heart attack, obstruction of the blood flow in the arteries or uncontrolled high blood pressure.