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General Information On Protelos
Protelos can be used for treating osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. It is used for decreasing risk of vertebrae and hips fractures in these women. Generic name of this drug is Strontium Ranelate and it belongs to a class of non-hormonal medicines that are used for treating bone diseases. This medicine restores balance between bone synthesis and bone turnover, thus stimulating formation of new bones and preventing excessive loss of calcium. Protelos is not meant to be taken by patients below 18 years of age.
Side Effects for Protelos
Some of the common side effects associated with Protelos include nausea, headache, diarrhea, memory problems, fainting spells, and skin irritation. Most of these side effects are short-lived, easily manageable, and they get better on their own within a few days. If any of these symptoms persist or worsen, you should contact your doctor.
If you experience seizures or blood clots after taking this medicine, immediately stop the medication and seek medical help. Some rare but serious side effects of this drug include oral irritation such as gum inflammation or mouth ulcers, abdominal pain, vomiting, joint pain, hypersensitivity syndrome, muscle cramps, muscle pain, or bone pain. Contact your doctor as soon as you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms.
An allergic reaction to the medicine can be identified by hives, rashes, trouble breathing, severe dizziness or swelling on the face, throat, lips or tongue. Under such circumstances, your doctor is likely to advise you to stop the medication and advocate an alternate treatment.
Before your doctor advises you to buy Protelos, tell him/her if you have a kidney disease or blood clots or if you have been confined to the bed after an operation. This drug contains aspartame and you should inform your doctor if you are suffering from phenylketonuria, a rare hereditary metabolism-related disorder. The medicine must be used only by post-menopausal women. Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you become pregnant during the course of treatment, you should immediately contact your doctor and inform him/her about your condition. Strontium Ranelate may affect your ability to drive or operate a machine, and therefore, you should exercise caution while doing such activities.
Usually, patients are advised to take Protelos 2gm orally once a day. The sachet that contains the medicine should be emptied and the granules should be added in water to form a suspension. Once you have done that, you should drink the solution immediately. Generally, doctors advise their patients to take this medicine before bedtime, preferably two hours after finishing dinner. The drug is slowly absorbed into your body. If you do not take a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium, your doctor may advise you to take certain vitamin and mineral supplements with your daily Protelos dosage.
Your doctor will not advise you to take Protelos if you are already taking oral quinolones or tetracyclines. This drug should not be taken with medicines that contain calcium, unless directed by a doctor. If your doctor asks you to take medicines that contain calcium, ensure that you maintain a gap of at least 2 hours between Protelos dosage and dosage of calcium-containing medicine. Make sure that your physician is aware of all the medications your are presently taking.