You may have heard that the osteoporosis drug Fosamax has been linked to sudden femur fractures. What you may not know is that many other osteoporosis drugs carry the same risk.
Fosamax and other drugs called bisphosphonates are often prescribed to prevent osteoporosis in women. These drugs are supposed to help maintain bone density after menopause, but when taken for an extended period of time, these drugs can actually damage the very bones they are supposed to protect. Women who have taken a bisphosphonate for three years or longer have an increased risk of sudden femur fractures.
The femur or thighbone is the largest and strongest bone in the body. Normally, it takes a significant amount of force to break this bone—the kind of force experienced in a car crash, motorcycle crash, or fall from a height. However, the FDA has warned that women who have a history of bisphosphonate use may break a bone while engaging in simple activities like getting out of bed or walking to the mailbox.
Popular bisphosphonates include:
If you suffered a femur fracture while taking a bisphosphonate to prevent or treat osteoporosis, contact the Milwaukee personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham immediately at 800-800-5678 to learn more about your rights and Wisconsin Fosamax class action lawsuits.