Fosamax (alendronate sodium) is a type of drug known as a bisphosphonate, commonly prescribed to treat osteoporosis. Recently, a link has been found between bisphosphonates and a serious bone disease called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), also know as Dead Jaw. This important discovery clearly shows that Fosamax side effects may include osteonecrosis of the jaw as well as osteomyelitis of the jaw. In another study, Fosamax was found to be linked to cases of low energy femur (thigh bone) fractures.
Bisphosphonates such as Fosamax, Zometa (Zoledronate), Didronel (Etidronate), Aredia (Pamidronate), Actonel (Risedronate), and Boniva (Ibandronate) are commonly used to treat, prevent, and even reverse bone loss associated with osteoporosis, chemotherapy, and other bone loss disorders. The Strongest forms of bisphosphonates are commonly used in the management of advanced cancers that have metastasized to the bone, where the disease often causes bone pain and possibly even fractures. Several cancers can metastasize to the bone, including lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, multiple myeloma, and others. When bisphosphonates are given in cancer chemotherapy, the drugs are given intravenously, and usually for longer periods of time.
Fosamax Side Effects Information:
Low Energy Fosamax Femur Fractures
A study in the May/June 2008 issue of the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma links Merck’s osteoporosis drug Fosamax to a rare type of fracture in the femur. The study looked at 70 patients who experienced low-energy femur fractures, which occur when someone falls from a standing height or less. Twenty-five patients (36%) were taking Fosamax for four years or more on average. The Fosamax patients’ fractures also have some distinct characteristics. The study shows that 76% of the 25 patients had a simple fracture with a straight line across the bone. Also, a beak-like overhang on one side of the bone was observed. Furthermore, the patients’ bones didn’t look like typical osteoporotic bone; it appeared strong.
Have you or perhaps someone you care about experienced a Fosamax femur fracture? You may be in a position to submit a claim to obtain compensation for your personal injuries from Fosamax side effects. Complete our free of charge, no commitment legal case evaluation form to determine whether you might be eligible to participate in the fosamax lawsuit.
Fosamax thigh fractures are thought to be "low-energy”, which means the bone fractures happen without a significant amount of trauma. Fosamax fractures have been reported to develop while the affected individual was walking, climbing steps or participating in low-energy physical activity. Fosamax thigh fractures are considered to be unpredictable, because they manifest in the long section of the thigh bone in addition to the bone below the hip joint, which are not usually prone to osteoporotic fractures. Actually, the femur is among the biggest and toughest bones inside the human body.
The FDA has revised the warning label on Fosamax as well as the other bisphosphonates to advise the general public to a higher chance of developing abnormal fractures of the thigh when they are used. Despite the fact that the agency has not established a conclusive association between the medication and Fosamax femur fractures, abnormal bone fractures were discovered predominantly in Fosamax patients and also those currently being treated with other types of bisphosphonate medication.
Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) or dead jaw, is a condition in which the bone tissue in the jaw fails to heal after minor trauma such as a tooth extraction, causing the bone to be exposed. This exposure can eventually lead to infection and fracture and may require long-term antibiotic therapy or surgery to remove the dying bone tissue. Experts say that prevention and early treatment of individuals using bisphosphonates such as Fosamax is extremely important in preserving the jaw bone. Individuals using Fosamax or other bisphosphonates should attempt to avoid tooth extractions and other major dental work while on the drugs.
Osteomyelitis of the Jaw
Osteomyelitis of the jaw is an inflammation of the marrow-filled central cavity of the trabeculae bone, along with the muscles around it.
Although most cases of osteonecrosis of the jaw related to Fosamax side effects have occurred after dental work several cases have been reported to occur without any prior dental work. If you are currently taking Fosamax you may be at risk of developing osteonecrosis. If you have been injured by Fosamax side effects you may be entitled to compensation. For more information about your legal rights contact the Fosamax Attorneys of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. today.
If you or a loved one have suffered from Fosamax Side Effects such as Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ), Low Energy Femur Fractures, Esophageal Cancer, or other serious side effects you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Fosamax Attorneys of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. today for a Free Nationwide Case Evaluation. Our experienced Fosamax Lawyers can answer any questions you may have about Fosamax side effects, and a potential Fosamax Lawsuit. Fill out our online case evaluation form on this page or contact us toll free at 1-800-856-6405.
Under no circumstances should you discontinue taking any medication, including Fosamax, without first consulting with your doctor.
Ennis & Ennis, P.A. is currently handling Fosamax Lawsuits for the following Side Effects:
Low Energy Femur Fracture
Osteomyelitis of the Jaw
Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
If you have experienced Fosamax side effects you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Fosamax lawyers of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. today for information regarding your potential Fosamax lawsuit or for information about a possible class action lawsuit or any other type of litigation. Fill out our free case evaluation form and one of our Attorneys will contact you regarding your potential Fosamax lawsuit.
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