Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium)


Information Provided by a Mississippi Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Fosamax (manufactured by Merck) is a bisphosphonate used to treat, prevent, and even reverse bone loss associated with osteoporosis, chemotherapy, and other bone loss disorders. Recently, doctors and dentists have links Fosamax to an increased risk of developing osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ a.k.a. Dead Jaw or Jaw Death). Osteonecrosis of the jaw is a condition in which the bone tissue in the jaw fails to heal after minor trauma such as a tooth extraction, causing the bone to be exposed; however, it can occure without any prior dental work. This exposure can eventually lead to infection and fracture and may require long-term antibiotic therapy or surgery to remove the dying bone tissue. Symptoms of osteonecrosis of the jaw include:

  • Pain, Swelling, or Infection of the Gums
  • Loosening of the Teeth
  • Poor Healing of the Gums
  • Numbness or the Feeling of Heaviness in the Jaw
  • Partial or Complete Loss of the Jaw Bone

Additionally, our office is currently investigating cases of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw associated with the use of other Bisphosphonates including Aredia and Zometa

If you have developed any of these symptoms or been diagnosed with osteonecrosis while taking Fosamax, Aredia, or Zometa, call us at 1-800-530-7714 for a free consultation on the merits of your case contact a Mississippi medical malpractice attorney today.

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