Fosamax is a prescription drug that is used to treat patients who have osteoporosis.  Like any other drug, Fosamax is associated with a number of side effects.  Make sure you tell you doctor about any side effects you may experience immediately.  If you are not satisfied with the information you are given you may want to contact a Fosamax attorney to see if you qualify for a Fosamax lawsuit.

What is Fosamax?

Fosamax is a prescription drug that is prescribed to patients who have osteoporosis or patients who are prone to getting osteoporosis because it runs in their family.  Fosamax (alendronate generic) belongs to a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates.  This drug alters the bone cycle that involves the formation and breakdown of bone.  This drug is supposed to prevent bone loss and at the same time increase bone mass, utimately preventing bone fractures particularly in the spine and hip.  Fosamax is used on men as well as women.  For women is it used during menopause or postmenopausal situations or for women taking steroids.  It is also used to treat patients who have Paget’s disease.  Although all medicines may cause side effects, many people do not experience these problems.  Any time you experience side effects from a drug you should report this to your healthcare provider immediately.  In particular, Fosamax has a number of side effects experienced by a subpopulation of patients and if these side effects become a problem for you, you need to consult your doctor.  Some of the common side effects include:

  • Bone pain
  • Joint pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling full or bloating
  • Flu symptoms
  • flatulence (gas)
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Changes in taste sensation
  • Possible vomiting

Severe side effects include:

  • Allergic reaction including rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue black or bloody stools
  • Severe heartburn, blistered and peeling skin, swelling or pain in the jaw
  • Other symptoms may occur that have not been reported

If these severe side effects occur you need to get medical assistance immediately.

You must follow your doctors recommendations at all times.  You should not take Fosamax if you can’t sit upright or stand for at least thirty minutes.  You need to take Fosamax with a full glass of water.  If Fosamax gets stuck in your throat this may cause serious esophagus and stomach problems that may cause burning and ulceration of these tissues.  You should not take Fosamax with other medications including vitamins, calcium or antacids.  If you have problems swallowing, vitamin D deficiency, or kidney disease you will need a dosage adjustment and your doctor will determine this.  Fosamax has also been associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), femur fracturs, blood clotting disorders and anemia.

If you have experienced Fosamax side effects such as femur fractures, jawbone necrosis (ONJ), esophagus damage or any other Fosamax side effect you may be entitled to financial compensation. You may want to contact a Fosamax attorney to see if you qualify for a Fosamax lawsuit.  Fosamax lawsuits are currently being filed across the country.


Susan Ardizzoni, Ph.D. holds a Doctorate in Biology with a major in Neuroscience (medical) and minors in Biochemistry, Physics, and Mathematics with experience in basic and clinical research.  Although the author is not an attorney, this article was sponsored by the law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP and constitutes Attorney Advertising.  To learn more about Fosamax attorney or Fosamax lawsuit please visit

Published November 17, 2011 by