Osteoporosis Drugs Cause Osteo-Necrosis of the Jaw by Jeffrey Dach MD
Posted Sep 22 2008 10:59am
Osteoporosis Drugs such as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva
Cause Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
by Jeffrey Dach MD
The Sept 22 LA Times says that Osteoporosis Drugs such as Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva cause osteonecrosis of the Jaw. Quoting Dr. Thomas Dodson of Mass General Hospital, the LA Times reported on the severe adverse side effect of necrosis of the jaw from bisphosphonate drugs used to treat osteoporosis. This means that the jaw literally falls apart. Rather than make the jaw bone stronger, the drug makes it fall apart, the exact opposite of the intended use of osteoporosis drug. Think about it for a second. The osteoporosis drugs are intended to make the bones stronger, however, jaw necrosis means that the bones are weaken on the drug, not strengthen.
Left image "fossy jaw" which is necrosis of jawbone.
Spontaneous Mid Femur Fractures From Fosamax
The LA Times article failed to mention three separate reports of spontaneous mid femur fracture in women on long term fosamax. Again, as stated above, spontaneous fracture of the mid femur is very rare and unusual and indicates the osteoporosis drugs are making the bones weaker, not stronger.
Left Image: Spontaneous fractures of mid femur.
FDA Warning of Severe Bone and Joint Pain
The LA Times article also failed to report on the recent FDA warning that bisphosphonate drugs cause severe bone and joint pain.
These Drugs Should Be Banned
Considering these adverse side effects, I predict this entire class of osteoporosis drugs will be banned. They should be banned immediately. Why were they approved in the first place?
Osteoporosis-treating bisphosphonates linked to jawbone damage Patients taking the drugs may develop small patches of dead bone in their mouths. And, extra care is called for when dental procedures are needed. By Susan Brink, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer September 22, 2008 LA TIMES
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