It has been discovered that Fosamax side effects may include esophageal ulceration, joint pain, bone pain, osteonecrosis of the jaw, and femur fractures. This popularly prescribed bisphosphonate, also known by alendronate, is typically used as an oral treatment for Paget’s disease and osteoporosis.
The purpose of this drug is to diminish bone loss while bone mass is increased. This causes the natural cycle of bone remodeling to change. A report published in The Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on osteonecrosis of the jaw posits out that the use of bisphosphonates may negatively alter the way bone cells function to rebuild bone. Once used, the drug never fully leaves the system. Due to this, long term users were found to be more at risk for Fosamax side effects.
Reports show the severity of the femur fractures was equivalent to the trauma of a bone broken in an automobile accident, despite the fact that the injury was usually caused by something as innocent as walking down the stairs. Boniva, Aredia, and Actonel are other bisphosphonates that have been linked with osteonecrosis of the jaw and bone breaks.
The Food and Drug Administration officially cautioned both users and healthcare providers of the dangers associated with the drug, and as a response the packaging has been changed to reflect the risks. While only a warning has been issued so far, a Fosamax recall may be on the horizon. Hiring an experienced drug injury attorney to help navigate the legal system could be the key to receiving fair compensation for damages done by this product. If a victim is considering a Fosamax lawsuit, they may want to consult with an attorney that is knowledgeable in this type of litigation.