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Brand name: Protos

Protos contains the active ingredient strontium ranelate. It is only available with a doctor’s prescription.

Protos is used to treat severe osteoporosis, a condition that causes brittle bones. Protos should only be prescribed if other osteoporosis medicines are not suitable.

Every day, your body makes some new bone and destroys some old bone. Protos works by helping the body make more new bone. It also makes the body go more slowly when it destroys the old bone. This should help to make bone stronger.

Protos is available as a powder in individual-dose sachets. It should be mixed in water as described on the packet, and drunk straight away. It is best taken at least two hours before or two hours after food, or any medicines that contain calcium.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: strontium

Information for medicine and pack size:
Protos 2 g granules, 28 sachets

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Treatment of severe (established) osteoporosis: ? in postmenopausal women at high risk of fracture to reduce the risk of fracture. ? in men at increased risk of fracture PROTOS should only be used when other medications for the treatment for osteoporosis are considered unsuitable (due to contraindications or intolerance).

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Yellowish-white to pale yellow powder.
Dosage Form Granules
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
28 Sachets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
7 Sachets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Sachet
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

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