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Fosamax Side Effects and Injury

Privett Law is an Oklahoma law firm that has been helping injured victims of defective drugs. The research and development industry, especially in dealing with medications, has shown remarkable progress and innovations over the years, but with any new drug, there is an inherent risk involved.

One drug that found problems and caused serious injuries in many people in Oklahoma and around the country was Fosamax. If you have been injured as a result of taking this medication, you need to contact Privett Law immediately to schedule an initial consultation.

Fosamax Manufacturer

Fosamax is manufactured and distributed by Merck, which is simply one of the biggest corporate giants of the pharmaceutical industry. Merck has long been known to generate billions of dollars in revenue every year, and for a time, Fosamax was one of the leading medications offered by Merck.

The Intended Use of Fosamax

Fosamax was a drug that helped curb the tide of the loss of bone density or osteoporosis in patients, and it also showed a tendency to build bone mass in those who used it. As a result, patients suffering from such conditions as postmenopausal osteoporosis and steroid-induced osteoporosis. Fosamax is also used to treat Paget's disease of bone.

Fosamax Allergy Side Effects

Unfortunately, Fosamax has led to serious injuries to unsuspecting patients in Oklahoma and the rest of the United States. Generally speaking, Fosamax was found to be linked to serious side effects in those who were found to be allergic to the active ingredients in the medication, and this allergic reaction was not only instantly dangerous, but immediately life-threatening.

Symptoms that tend to indicate a dangerous allergic reaction include:

  • Chest pain
  • A burning sensation in the ribs or back
  • Severe joint pain
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Jaw pain or numbness, including swelling
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Extreme heartburn

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to contact your doctor immediately and get yourself evaluated. If a doctor is not available at an instant, you need to go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital and explain to them that you are possibly experiencing an allergic reaction to Fosamax.

Fosamax and Oseteonecrosis of the Jaw or ONJ Side Effects

In more recent times, Fosamax has been linked to the serious side effect of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw in patients.  This side effect of ONJ causes bone in victim's jaw region to loose circulation, causing a dying of bone tissue and eventual decay of jaw bone.  Treatment for this condition can be extensive and very painful.  Often bone grafting and replacement is neccessary and facial disfigurement may result from Osteonecrosis of the Jaw.  Seek immediate medical attention if you are taking, or have taken Fosamax in the past and feel symptoms such as:

  • Jaw or tooth pain and swelling
  • Frequent infection of the jaw area
  • Tooth Loss
  • Excessive Drainage

Osteonecrosis of the jaw, or Dead Jaw, caught in its early stages is much easier to treat than later stages.  Patients of Fosamax are urged to have this dangerous side effect investigated if any symptom should surface.  If you have developed ONJ or Dead Jaw from taking Fosamax, contact our Fosamax ONJ Injury lawyers today to discuss your options.

FDA Dead Jaw Warnings on Fosamax

In 1996, the FDA helped Merck to publish and distribute a warning letter that was disseminated to health professionals all over the United States. Unfortunately, the warning letter did not heavily discuss the serious and immediate danger caused by an allergic reaction to Fosamax, but rather centered on the tendency for some patients to suffer esophagitis/ulceration. This is a painful condition, but is generally not life-threatening and can be treated, unlike the irreversible allergic reactions and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw that can lead to permanent damage if it goes untreated.

Fosamax Osteonecrosis of the Jaw and Your Legal Rights

If you or someone you love has taken Fosamax and suffered Osteonecrosis of the Jaw as a result, you do have legal rights and options that need to be explored and, if advisable, enforced. The best way to find out what these rights could be is to contact Privett Law today to schedule an initial consultation.

During your initial consultation, I will want to hear a full explanation of the events that led to your injuries. For instance, you’ll need to explain when you started taking Fosamax and why you did, when you noticed a problem, who your treating and prescribing physician was at the time and what additional care you required as a result of your injuries.

If possible, you should also gather whatever documentation that’s available regarding your ONJ treatment, your prescription, your medical bills that relate both to your original treatment and the treatment you needed as a result of your injuries and any insurance documentation in your possession.

If you are unable to locate these documents, it should not be a reason to delay in contacting Privett Law. Should you decide to proceed with a claim, I will be able to locate this documentation as part of your representation as soon as you execute a simple release.

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As you see, if you have been harmed by Fosamax, you do have legal rights and options. Contact Privett Law today to schedule an initial consultation and to begin the process of evaluating and, if advisable, enforcing your legal rights.