Why Fosamax side effects result in jaw decay

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted November 16, 2006


While Fosamax is designed to strengthen bones, it actually has the opposite effect on the jaw.  Many have questioned why a medication designed to improve bone density and reduce fractures would lead to jaw decay. 

The mechanism of action for the medication explains how Fosamax side effects result in deterioration of the jaw bone.  Fosamax works by inhibiting bones from turning over and rebuilding themselves.  While this has been shown to strengthen the longer bones of the body and reduce the risk of fractures, it weakens the jaw exposing it to infection.

Fosamax jaw decay is caused because the jawbone is very different from the other bones of the body.  The mouth is constantly exposed to germs and the jawbone relies on constant bone turnover to stay healthy.  When Fosamax stops jawbone turnover, it increases the risk of jaw deterioration where the bone may actually die.

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Our lawyers are investigating Fosamax lawsuits and class action suits for users who have been diagnosed with Osteonecrosis of the Jaw or experienced symptoms of jaw decay.  This painful and disfiguring condition has left many Fosamax users permanently unable to chew solid foods, and requiring surgery to remove portions of the jaw.

If you, a friend or family member have suffered from Fosamax jaw side effects, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

2 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Marie J Kahler says:

    The two center bottom teeth have bone exposure on the inside gum line. Dentist is watching it and the hygentist is concerned that I talk to my Dr about going off Fosamax..I have been on it for 5 years. This is the first time I have become aware of this danger. It really scares me!!

    Posted on November 23, 2006 at 9:01 pm

  • Dorene D. Faulk says:

    I was diagnosed with osteopenia approximately two years ago. My doctor, at that time, prescribed Fosamax as a weekly regiment. I feel this mediaction is a danger to my health. The doctor who prescribed this medication left the health plan. A new physician has resumed his position. She has continued the to prescribe the same medication. I’m really concerned about my continued use of this product. Please advise, if possible, whether there is an alternative medication that can be used without the same side effects. I would appreciate any further printed information concerning the harmful effects of the medication.

    Posted on December 10, 2006 at 6:49 pm

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