Fosamax (alendronate), a drug widely prescribed for osteoporosis, has been linked to serious side effects including femoral fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw. If you have suffered a fractured femur (broken thigh) or developed osteonecrosis of the jaw as side effects of Fosamax, you may have a claim. For a free legal consultation call 1-800-992-6878 toll free anytime, or visit us on the web.
Fosamax gained FDA approval in 1995. A generic version is also on the market by the name alendronate. The original Fosamax is made by Merck, while generic versions are made by several other companies.
Fosamax Side Effects
Side effects of Fosamax include femur fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw. In October 2010, the FDA required placement of new warnings on the labels of certain bisphosphonate medications, including this one, to reflect the increased risk of rare, but serious fractures of the thigh. These femoral fractures were under FDA investigation, and now the stronger labeling has spread awareness of this serious side effect.
Other Adverse Effects of Fosamax
Bisphosphonates are most commonly prescribed to postmenopausal women for osteoporosis. However, these medications are also approved to treat other diseases. For instance, they may be used to prevent bone fractures – femoral and jaw fractures among them – in cancer patients and to treat other bone diseases. These drugs aim to increase bone mass and reduce bone fractures. The medicine can be administered by injection or taken orally in pill form, depending on which drug is used. Intravenous bisphosphonates are typically used to manage advanced cancers that have metastasized to the bone, and caused bone pain and fractures as a result.
Contact the Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates
If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of taking Fosamax, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney. An injury lawyer familiar with new developments in the investigation of this drug may be able to help you pursue your claim and/or Fosamax lawsuit.
Call d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.