Millions of American women have taken Fosamax to treat and prevent osteoporosis since the 1990s. Fosamax works by attacking cells in the body responsible for bone breakdown, which can help patients dealing with osteoporosis.
However, if the drug is too efficient, it can cause the bone to grow too dense, taking up inner bone space where the marrow is found. Bone marrow is responsible for both healing and growth. Without enough marrow, bones die. If you do break a bone that has been subjected to Fosamax and similar drugs it won’t heal leading to an increased risk of sudden fracture.
Fosamax, when used over time, can cause dead jaw, and Fosamax femur fractures have been a major problem in some cases. When you have osteoporosis, your bones become extremely fragile, and fractures can happen even with just a bump or gentle fall. Most often, fractures happen in the hips, spine, and wrists. If you break your hip, you typically need major surgery to fix it, and even then, you may have problems walking for the rest of your life. With spinal fractures, the same is true, and patients generally have back pain and may have to deal with deformities.
Fosamax and the following drugs Actonel (risedronate sodium) tablets, Actonel with Calcium (risedronate sodium with calcium carbonate tablets), Atelvia (risedronate sodium) delayed-release tablets, Boniva (ibandronate sodium) tablets, Fosamax (alendronate sodium) tablets and oral solution, Fosamax Plus D (alendronate sodium/cholecalciferol) Tablets, Reclast (zoledronic acid) Injections are now required to have clear warning labels regarding low-energy, or low trauma fractures of the femoral shaft (leg bone).
The FDA and medical journals link Fosamax with rare medical problems including unusual thigh jaw and fractures. The Food and Drug Administration, cannot say what the optimal period for using drugs like Fosamax is. The agency now requires the labels on Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, Reclast and Atelvia and generic alternatives to state that the optimal period for using the drugs is “unknown.”
One thing is certain – we are only seeing the beginning of Fosamax injuries. Currently there are over 1,000 Fosamax lawsuits as more studies are done to confirm the allegations against the drug, we may see even more claims filed.
Our Fosamax claims lawyers recommend women taking Fosamax to immediately seek a medical consultation with their prescribing physician and contact our Fosamax injury claims office to protect your legal rights.
You can find more information on our blog post Fosamax’s Serious Side Effects .