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Is Fosamax too Dangerous to Use?

Fosamax is a bisphosphonate commonly prescribed to treat osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to weaken and lose density, thereby increasing your risk of bone fractures in the spine, hips, and wrists.

Fosamax fights osteoporosis by slowing down the natural resorption of your bones to maintain their density. It’s important to take Fosamax exactly as prescribed by your doctor to limit your chance of experiencing adverse side effects.

Common side effects include, but are not limited to:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Mild joint and muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Esophageal ulcers

Examining the Dangerous Side Effects

Unfortunately, FDA approval does not always guarantee safety. In fact, the pharmaceutical industry provides the FDA with their own research and safety statistics, and can pay to fast-track the clinical study phase to limit product testing. What’s worrying is that this drug isn’t just prescribed for people with osteoporosis, but also patients experiencing osteopenia.

Dangerous side effects include, but are not limited to:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Incapacitating bone and joint pains
  • Thigh fractures
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Esophageal perforation
  • Esophageal erosion

Since its release, Fosamax has been linked to many dangerous side effects, including osteonecrosis, esophageal cancer, and atrial fibrillation. Recent studies have also proven that using Fosamax leads to an increase in thigh bone fractures. So, essentially, using this drug exchanges your hip and spine fractures for osteonecrosis and thigh bone fractures. Understandably, there have been many additions and corrections made to the Fosamax warning label over the years.

Your Next Step

If you or a loved one are experiencing the dangerous side effects of using Fosamax, contact Shrader & Associates L.L.P. Our pharmaceutical litigation lawyers have extensive legal experience, and can review your case to determine if you can file a personal injury claim.

Contact Shrader & Associates (877) 958-7920 to schedule a case evaluation.


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