Fosamax, approved by the FDA and introduced in 1995, is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis by increasing bone density. Since 2001 however, over 2,400 patients taking this drug have experienced a condition called osteonecrosis, also known as jaw death. Another 120 users have suffered from severe bone, muscle, and joint pain that left them bedridden or needing the aid of a wheelchair or walker.
Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) occurs when the bone tissue in the jaw becomes damaged. This damage causes infection, painful swelling, tooth loss, and degradation or loss of the jaw bone.
Symptoms of osteonecrosis of the jaw include:
- Numbness and heaviness of the jaw
- Gum infections, pain, and swelling
- Loose teeth
- Slow healing of the gums
Serious side effects such as ONJ have led to a number of lawsuits against Merck, the drug manufacturing company. It is alleged in some lawsuits that Merck was aware of Fosamax’s side effects and actively made attempts to hide the information. If you or someone you love has suffered from ONJ, extreme bone, joint, or muscle pain, or any other serious side effects as a result of taking Fosamax, you may deserve compensation for your damages.
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