Because of an increased risk of certain femur fractures, Fosamax may harm the very patients it was specifically designed to help.
Atypical femur fractures are irregularly-shaped breaks that are difficult to mend, and these fractures often cause even more intense pain than other bone breaks. Furthermore, even though there are ample warnings not to do so, many practitioners still prescribe Fosamax and other bisphosphonates to patients with osteopenia, which is low bone mass and not a treatable disease. Long-term use of this drug creates about a 1 in 500 chance of an atypical femur fracture.
Women who have been taking bisphosphonates for at least three years should probably ask their doctors about switching medications.
Fosamax Side Effects
This powerful drug, which builds bone density in osteoporosis patients, actually causes the body’s natural bone-making process to shut down, a condition known as osteoclast apoptosis. So, Fosamax and other bisphosphonates actually make a person’s bones even more brittle than they were before. As a rule of thumb, the longer drug use continues, the higher the risk of developing OP.
In addition to atypical femur fractures and stress fractures, some common Fosamax side effects include:
- Hypocalcemia: When blood level in calcium gets too low, the bone matter deteriorates from the inside. In addition to broken bones, hypocalcemia can cause nausea, fatigue, spasms, and cramps.
- Musculoskeletal Pain: Fosamax is an immediate shock to the system and, in many cases, severe discomfort starts within a few days of the first dose. Many doctors ignore government warnings and prescribe painkillers in these cases, which may lead to a range of problems.
- Osteonecrosis: Dead Jaw Syndrome occurs when blood flow to the mandible is cut off. Eventually, the infected tissue entirely collapses.
Merck, the drug maker, has consistently denied that these side effects are not terribly serious, and the company continues to aggressively market Fosamax.
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