Fosamax side effects can be serious. The first things you need to remember are the precautions given by the manufacturer of this Osteoporosis drug.
Here is a list of those precautions:
10.Fosamax and other bisphosphonates have been the subject of claims of Osteonecrosis of the jaw.
This is a serious condition. It is not a frequent side effect but your should be aware of it and if you are planning to have dental work, be sure to tell your dentist that you are taking Fosamax and your dosage and how long you have been on the medication. As early as 2006, there was a study published in Ann Oncol that reviewed 22 scientific papers detailing 225 patients, The prevalence of osteonecrosis of the jaw was estimated at 1.5%.
It was not just Fosamax. The drug list included pamidronate ( aredia ), zoledronic acid ( zometa ), and risedronate (actonel) as well as Fosamax. In 69.3% of patients Osteonecrosis was preceded by a dental extraction. That is why it is important to inform your dentist if you are taking this drug because Osteonecrosis is a possible Fosamax side effect. 74.5% of patients who developed osteonecrosis were receiving chemotherapy and in 38.2% of cases they were taking corticosteroids. Although various conservative and surgical treatment modalities were reported, residual sites of osteonecrosis persisted in 72.5% of the cases
The study concluded: "Although not enough evidence is available to prove a causal link, it seems that under specific circumstances local defenses can become overwhelmed resulting in ONJ."
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