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Fosamax- Uses and Potential Dangers

Fosamax (Alendronate) is a medication used to both prevent and treat osteoporosis in women and men.  The purported benefits of the drug are the prevention of the loss of bone mass, to increase bone mass and to treat Paget's disease of the bone.   

Though osteoporosis, a thinning of bone, is a serious disease that affects both men and women, one must look carefully at the drug Fosamax and its potentially dangerous side-effects.  Please read below to learn more about the side-effects of Fosamax.

  • ONJ or "Dead Jaw"- One of the more serious side-effects, not mentioned on the original drug warnings, is osteonecrosis, a debilitating jaw disorder. ONJ is a rare but serious disorder that causes the jawbone to decay. Though the drug's maker, Merck, has dismissed the link between Fosamax and ONJ, the FDA has acknowledged that in studies the drug does seem to increase the user's risk of "dead jaw." Those most at risk for this disorder include patients taking a biophosphate, people with active dental disease or those undergoing dental procedures. Though ONJ is not well understood, it is known that the disorder can cause lifelong pain and disfigurement.
  • Femur Fractures- A link has been made between Fosamax usage and fractures of the femur.  These fractures occur during normal activities with no trauma. 
  • Irritation of the esophagus- The drug can cause the esophagus, or throat, to become damaged. Heartburn, pain when swallowing, pain in the center of the chest or trouble swallowing are all signs of damage and should be reported to your physician.
  • Muscle, joint or bone pain.
  • Allergic reaction.

Though Merck has continued to deny the link between its drug and ONJ, pressure from the FDA and multiple class action law suits may soon ensure that the pharmaceutical company takes notice and compensates those injured by Fosamax for their losses. 

The effects of Fosamax may not been seen for up to a year after the drug is taken.  If you believe that Fosamax has caused you illness or injury, please contact your Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa pharmaceutical class action law suit attorneys at Hupy & Abraham today for your free consultation.  Our attorneys have the experience and fortitude to take on and triumph over big pharma.  When you are ready to fight, please call.  We're ready to help. 1.800.800.5678