The popular Osteoporosis drug Fosamax used by millions of Americans has been linked to Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) or “dead jaw.”
Fosamax Femur Fracture Update 3/13/13: A new study has identified a causal link between Fosamax and nonhealing femur fractures. The research, which was published in last month’s edition of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, found that nonhealing femur fractures are not just associated with Fosamax and other diabetes drugs, but directly caused by them.
FOSAMAX LAWSUIT – FEMUR FRACTURE UPDATE 2/23/11 – A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has confirmed that long-term use of bisphosphonates like Fosamax increases the risk for atypical (subtrochanteric or femoral shaft) fractures in older women. Patients are advised to weigh risks vs. benefits closely before taking Fosamax.
What is the Problem?
Actonel, Fosamax, Boniva, Zometa, and Aredia are all in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates and are commonly marketed as medications to help and prevent or treat bone loss in osteoporosis.
There are over 36 million women who use medications like Fosamax to prevent or slow osteoporosis. Since the indication of hormone replacement therapy causing increased risk of heart disease and breast cancer, more women are taking bisphosphonates at an earlier age.
Unfortunately with women taking these drugs at an earlier age and for much longer time spans, they are at an increased risk of developing Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ).
There have been over 2,400 Fosamax (same class of drugs) patients since 2001 that have reported bone death and jaw bone decay or Osteonecrosis of the Jaw.
In addition, more than 120 patients have suffered from such severe pain and debilitation that they have become bedridden or in need of devices like crutches, walkers and wheelchairs.
Signs and Symptoms of Fosamax Induced Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
The typical signs and symptoms of osteonecrosis of the jaw may include pain, swelling or infection of the gums, loosening of the teeth, poor healing of the gums, numbness or a feeling of heaviness in the jaw, drainage and exposed bone. Patients with the least serious form of this condition may not show any symptoms, but in the most serious cases, some patients may require the removal of sections of the jaw.