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  ">Fosamax is Associated With a Rare Femur Fracture:
  Fosamax is a prescription drug that is a member of the bisphosphonate class of drugs.
This drug is used to treat osteoporosis by changing the cycle of bone resorption and
bone formation. Essentially, bone loss is decreased hence allowing for overall bone
mass increase. Ultimately, this may help to prevent bone fractures. This drug is used
to treat men and women as well as individuals who have Pagets disease.
  When you have bone loss this tends to make bones brittle and increase the potential
for fractures which have difficulty in healing and can greatly lower the quality of life.
Individuals of Asian and Caucasian descent have a greater risk of experiencing
osteoporosis as well as individuals who have this disease running in the family. If you
are in a high risk category, you should be tested on a regular basis for osteoporotic
development.
  Medical and scientific reports have indicated that long-term use of Fosamax may be
associated with an unusual femur fracture. These rare thigh bone fractures occurring
from a standing height or less, meaning that they were low-energy fractures. The
femur fracture was observed to be in a transverse direction relative to the vertical
which is rarely seen under normal conditions. Individuals who had these fractures
were reported to be on Fosamax therapy for five or more years.
  There are several theories on how Fosamax could be related to these rare fractures.
One theory involves the idea that Fosamax slows down the production of collagen.
Collagen is a protein in the bone matrix that is responsible for tensile strength. What
that means is that collagen allows bone to be flexible under various loads in many
directions. The second theory involves the idea that there is a slower bone turnover
allowing for microdamage to occur making the bone more susceptible to fracture for
some women. Microdamage is when areas of bone form cracks and leaves open
spaces creating a less dense bone. It has been suggested that women taking Fosamax
should consider taking a rest from Fosamax therapy for about a year if they have been
on this drug for a long time.
  Other Side Effects of Fosamax:
  Fosamax has not only been associated with a rare femur fracture in a subpopulation
of patients but has a number of other side effects. Other Fosamax side effects include
chest pain, atrial fibrillation, difficulty swallowing, heart burn, joint and/or muscle
pain, dizziness, weakness and headache. An uncommon side effect of Fosamax
involves osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). This involves bone loss of the jaw. Certain
patients are susceptible to this side effect if they have had cancer or have preexisting
dental problems or have dental surgery while taking Fosamax.
  Early in 2010, the FDA issued an alert to healthcare providers about the potential for
severe bone pain, atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart beat) in some patients. The FDA
is cautioning doctors to monitor patients more closely for various Fosamax side
effects.
  If you have experienced a heart complication, bone necrosis of the jaw, femur
fracture, or any other Fosamax side effects while on Fosamax therapy you may be
entitled to financial compensation. Fosamax lawsuits are currently being filed across
the country.


 Author Bio.
 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
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