One of the bestselling drugs in the United States, Fosamax earns more than $1 billion annually. However, recent reports about the adverse effects of the drug are putting its name, as well as Merck’s – its manufacturer, in the bad light. For this reason, FDA medical advisers recommend stronger Fosamax warnings especially on its leaflets.
Fosamax belongs to a group of drug collectively known as bisphosphonates which are often prescribed to prevent or treat osteoporosis for both men and women. Although the drug has been made famous for its effectiveness, it has also gained notoriety for causing severe side effects making the use of the drug requiring much precaution. Consider the guide below for your Fosamax therapy as it provides the most important information about the drug.
Fosamax is known to cause serious side effects which include:
Fosamax is known to damage the esophagus which may even result into bleeding. To minimize the risk of having esophageal problems, it is best to take the drug exactly as prescribed. Moreover, notify your doctor the moment you experience chest pain, new or worsening heartburn, or trouble or pain upon swallowing.
Low level of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia)
Fosamax may lower your calcium level in the blood. Also, preexisting hypocalcemia may worsen during treatment. Notify your health care provider immediately when you manifest symptoms of hypocalcemia which include:
- Confusion or disorientation
- Irregular heartbeats
- Spasms, twitches, or muscle cramps
- Numbness or tingling sensation in your fingers, toes, or around your mouth
Patients with hypocalcemia are often prescribed calcium and vitamin D supplements but you should only take those if ordered by your doctor.
Bone, joint, or muscle pain
A number of people experienced severe pain of bone, and muscles or swelling in the joints of the ankles, hands or feet.
Severe jaw bone problems (osteonecrosis of the jaw)
The practice of good mouth care is essential during the treatment with Fosamax as osteonecrosis of the jawbone (ONJ) may develop. Furthermore, you may be asked by your physician to visit your dentist prior to therapy.
Unusual thigh bone fractures
Several people who have been taking the drug for a long-time are accusing it for causing an atypical fracture on the thigh bone. Consequently, some of them filed a Fosamax femur fracture lawsuit against the drug manufacturer Merck.
For your concerns about your health condition and treatment – particularly if any of these problems arise, it is best to consult your physician.
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