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Strontium-89 chloride intraven.
STRONTIUM-89 CHLORIDE - INTRAVENOUS

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

STRONTIUM-89 CHLORIDE - INTRAVENOUS

(STRON-she-um)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Metastron

Uses

This medication is used to relieve bone pain in persons with bone cancer.

How To Use

This medication is given by injection into a vein. The effects of this medication should last for several months. If needed, repeat doses are usually given after 3 months. This medication should reduce your need for pain medication. Follow your doctor's instructions closely regarding the use of pain medication. For the first few days after the injection, you may experience a slight increase in pain. After 1 to 2 weeks, the pain should decrease for several months. If the pain continues or becomes worse, contact your doctor.

Side Effects

You may experience a flushing sensation while the medication is being injected. Chills and fever have been reported. If any of these effects continue or worsen, inform your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these very unlikely but serious side effects: bloody urine or stools, difficult urination, unusual bleeding or bruising, red spots on the skin, black or tarry stools. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, bone marrow disease, blood disorders, allergies. Because this medication can lower your body's ability to fight an infection, avoid touching your eyes or inside your nose without first washing your hands. Use caution with sharp objects like safety razors or nail cutters and avoid activities such as contact sports in order to lower the chance of getting cut, bruised or injured. Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without consent of your doctor, and avoid contact with people who have recently received oral polio vaccine. Because this medication releases some radiation and the medication may be present in the blood and urine for about 1 week after an injection, use a normal toilet instead of a urinal (if possible) and flush the toilet twice. Wash hands after using the toilet. Wipe any spilled urine or blood with a tissue and flush it away. Immediately wash any clothes or bed linens stained with urine or blood separately from other laundry. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this medication. It is likely this medication passes into breast milk. Breast- feeding should be stopped while using this medication.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use, especially of: all medicines for cancer. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

Laboratory tests will be done periodically to monitor your progress. Keep all doctor's appointments and laboratory visits so you can be monitored closely. Tell all your health care professionals that you use this medication.

Missed Dose

Not applicable.

Storage

This medication must be handled carefully. It is stored in special containers in the health care facility.

Medical Alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).