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Fosamax Femure Fracture Warning

Fosamax is a kind of bisphosphonate drug that is used to treat osteoporosis in post-menopausal women and steroid-induced osteoporosis.  This drug can be prescribed as a standalone therapy or with vitamin D that is important for the absorption of calcium.  The manufacturer of Fosamax, Merck pharmaceuticals, lost its patent in 2008.  Then Fosamax lost its appeal to a generic product that was then certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The FDA approved two other pharmaceutical companies to market these generic versions in 2008 making this bisphosphonate even more wide spread due to multiple marketing strategies.  Fosamax has been linked to a number of severe side effects that has required many revisions of the Fosamax Warning label.  These side effects have brought about a wide range of Fosamax lawsuits.  You might want to talk with a Fosamax lawyer to see if you qualify for a Fosamax Lawsuit due to Fosamax complications.    

Fosamax, as with any bisphosphonate, has a very low dosing regimen under fasting conditions.  Intake of Fosamax along with meals or beverages other than water greatly reduces the bioavailability decreasing its effectiveness.  Once the drug is absorbed, 50% of the drug binds to exposed surfaces of bone.  The remainder is excreted through the kidneys unchanged.  Exposure to other tissues is very low.  Once Fosamax is absorbed it has a half life of around ten years.  The Fosamax Warning label includes information about proper dosage and how to administer the drug and the importance of taking Fosamax with a large glass of water.  This drug is listed as one of the best drugs available for osteoporosis and other bone diseases even though the drug has a potential for adverse affects for a certain population of patients.

 List of Fosamax Side Effects Grow

Like a number of other drugs, Fosamax has a number of potential side effects.  Some of these side effects include complications of the gastrointestinal tract such as ulcerations of the esophagus which may require immediate hospitalization as well as intensive treatment.  Duodenal ulcers and gastric ulcers have also been reported.  In 2008, the FDA issued a report that bisphosphonates have the potential to increase the risk of esophageal cancer.

Another potential side effect is skin rashes.  Sometimes, but rarely resulting in Stevens - Johnson syndrome as well as toxic epidermal necrolysis.  Eye problems have also been reported such as uveitis and scleritis.  Taking Fosamax may also result in joint, muscle and/or bone pain but this is also rare.  The Fosamax Warning label includes a description of all of these side effects.  If you have experienced any of the above side effects you may want to inquire about a Fosamax Lawsuit.

 

Another Fosamax side effect is osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) causing deterioration of the jaw (jaw death), infection and pain.  This generally occurs in certain patients that have had some form of dental surgery.  The Fosamax Warning label includes a detailed description of the side effects associated with ONJ.  If you have experienced ONJ, you might want to contact a Fosamax attorney to see if you qualify for a Fosamax lawsuit.    

 Fosamax Femure Fracture Warning

Fosamax can also affect your bones in an adverse way.  There have been many reports of rare Femur fractures occurring in patients who have been on Fosamax therapy for more than five years.  The Fosamax Warning label includes all signs and symptoms of femur fractures.  If you have experienced a femur fracture while taking Fosamax therapy you may want to talk with a Fosamax lawyer to see if you qualify for a Fosamax Lawsuit.

Given all of these side effects, the FDA has had to repeated update Fosamax Warning labels to keep healthcare providers and consumers informed.  These side effects have generated a number of lawsuits in all side effect categories.  If you have experienced Fosamax injuries such as a femur fracture, osteonecrosis of the jaw, gastrointestinal complications or any other Fosamax complication you may want to consult with a Fosamax attorney about your rights and see if you qualify for a Fosamax Lawsuit.

You May be entitled to Compensation, so act now.

 If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Fosamax therapy, contact us now to speak with our qualified professionals about possible compensation.  Call us now at 877-222-7069 or use the contact form for a free case review.  

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