If you are currently taking Fosamax there are certain things you need to know.  Do you have any underlying medical conditions and will you have dental work done while taking Fosamax?  Certain medical conditions can generate adverse side effects while taking Fosamax.  Make sure your medical doctor and dentist knows your history and report any side effects you experience as soon as possible.

Are you taking Fosamax?

Fosamax (generic alendronate) is a prescription drug known as a bisphosphonate.  It is prescribed for individuals who have osteoporosis.  Did you know that in certain individuals it is linked to rare femur fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw?  These conditions can be serious, debilitating and very difficult to correct.  This is not only true for Fosamax but these conditions have also been associated with Zometa, Didronel, Aredia, Actonel and Boniva as well.  In as much as these drugs are used to treat, prevent and reverse bone lose that is known to occur with osteoporosis and chemotherapy, they are also known to do just the opposite in a subpopulation of patients.  This has prompted the FDA to provide warnings to both healthcare providers and patients.  For some individuals, Fosamax use has caused serious side effects including rare bone fractures of the femur and bone deterioration of the jaw.  Apparently, for some individuals, this drug causes increased hardening of the bone allowing for fractures and bone death in different parts of the body.  With the femur fracture, it appears that there is more calcium built up allowing the bone to become more brittle.  Where the jaw is concerned, the problems can occur after a patient has dental work done including tooth extraction.  During dental work, the more bone that is exposed, the more prone the patient is to dental infections that involve very long-term antibiotic therapy or removal of the underlying dying bone tissue.

If for some reason you need to have dental work done you need to tell your dentist that you are on Fosamax therapy.  This is not only true of Fosamax but any drugs you may be taking for medical conditions.  Fosamax may generate a condition known as osteomyelitis in your jaw which causes inflammation of the blood filled spaces around your teeth that may affect blood flow to your bone and muscular tissue around the tooth you are having a problem with.  If you have any concerns about these complications or have had such an experience, make sure you contact your healthcare provider immediately.  You may also want to consider contacting a Fosamax lawyer to see if you qualify for a Fosamax lawsuit.         

Should you Discontinue taking Fosamax? 

As with any prescription medication, if you are unsure of your medical history and have a number of other medical conditions, be sure to discuss these issues with your doctor.  Certainly, you would want to stay away from dental work or at least tell your dentist you are taking Fosamax or a related drug.  Make sure that if you experience any pain associated with the femur or jaw you let your doctor know right away.  Alerts have been placed on all packaging of Fosamax as required by the FDA.  The FDA advises that if you experience any of these side effects that you consider temporary discontinuation of Fosamax and wait for evaluation from your healthcare provider to determine the next course of action.

If you have experienced a rare femur fracture, jawbone decay or any other bone related illness while on Fosamax you may be entitled to financial compensation. You may want to contact a Fosamax lawyer to see if you qualify for a Fosamax lawsuitFosamax lawsuit 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 lawsuit or Fosamax lawyer please visit www.ConsumerInjuryLawyers.com

Published November 17, 2011 by