Osteocrenosis of the Jaw and Other Negative Side Effects Of Fosamax: The drug Fosamax, alendronate sodium, is given to people ostensibly to strengthen the bones. It is classed as a ‘bisphosphonate’ drug, and it was approved as a bone treatment by the American Food Drug Administration Board, in 1995.
Other brand names of the same type-drug, alendronate sodium are: Avedia, Actonel, and Zometa.
In 2004, after many people had reported side effects from taking this drug, and, I think, the manufacterers had been taken to court, the manufacturers, Merck & Co., were requested by the FDA to include written warnings about the drug on the medication packet. So far, Merck & Co have proceeded to warn the medical profession about the adverse side effects of Fosamax, but not the patient.
Some of this information reported on this page is from a web-site “Fosamax Lawsuit Information Centre”. These people offer a free case review, should you be already considering filing a law-suit against the makers of Fosamax and similar drugs, because of ill health caused by taking these drugs.
People with osteoporosis, including post-menopausal and steroid-inducing osteoporosis, or cancer, or Paget’s disease, are often prescribed this drug, because it can increase bone mass and reduce the leaching of calcium from the bones. But this practice should be questioned, as the chemical ingredients in Fosamax are foreign to the body and are not a natural part of bone formation. The resulting bone mass will be inferior to that which is built up by taking good food and appropriate nutritional supplements. And, although it may help to strengthen the bones for a time, there is a stong possibility that the drug Fosamax may severely impair your health.
Actually, it often has just the reverse of the bone-enhancing effects it is supposed to. Femur fractures are common with people who take the drug Fosamax, and this goes to show that Fosamax actually weakens the bones, rather than strengthening them.
I am writing this post, because a dear friend of mine has just been ‘put on’ this drug, after chipping a vertebrae as the result of a fall off a garden wall, whilst gardening, onto hard concrete below. But no other damage was suffered, and no bones broken, which all goes to show that his bones, at almost 89 years, must be still good and strong and hard. He should not need any drug such as Fosamax to strengthen his bones. The chipped vertebrae came about because of the five-foot drop over the wall to the concrete below, not because his bones were weak. If his bones were weak, then there would have been at least a broken wrist, or a leg, or some fracture, you would think. All he has damaged, albeit very painful, is a chip to a vertebrae. He is a lucky man not to have suffered more after this accident.
This friend has avoided taking medications all his life, which I think has attributed to his remarkable good health. He still does manual work, as well as having an advisory role on a large orchard. He and his wife still live in their own house, where she still cooks him delicious and nutritious meals three times a day. I really hope that he takes my warning about the dangers of taking Fosamax, else his excellent physical and mental health be spoiled.
The one very serious condition which has been related to the drug Fosamax is Osteocrenosis of the jaw. This can be a very painful and distressing condition which has led, in some cases, to the jaw having to be removed. This condition is often accompanied by anaemia, or lack of iron.
So it is probable that Fosamax disturbs the natural processing and retention of several vital minerals in the body. Iron is one mineral whose assimilation seems to be affected by Fosamax. Some of the side effects reported below are classic symptoms of calcium and magnesium deficiency, which would strongly suggest that this drug upsets the absorption of calcium and magnesium.
There are many other side effects to the Fosamax drug, which will be listed below.
The natural nutritive supplements which feed the bones are far better to take than Fosamax. The naturally occurring vitamins and minerals which feed the bones, such as magnesium, calcium and Vitamin C, do not pose a danger to the health of the body, and will not cause the worrying and debilitating side effects which Fosamax often does. It is far better to eat calcium/magnesium rich food, with plenty of Vitamin C rich fruits, and take some extra bone-enhancing food supplements than to risk poisoning your body with Fosamax, or alendronate sodium.
Severe allergic reactions to Fosamax can be experienced by some people. These reactions may be experienced soon after beginning a course of Fosamax, or they may develop later. The most worrying effect of taking Fosamax long-term is that it can cause, as mentioned before, a type of paralysis of the jaw called osteonecrosis. Over 3000 people have been recorded as having ostenecrosis since 2003. In America, there are lawyers who specialize in Fosamax claims. This should give you some idea about the very real risks in taking Fosamax, as there are already many people who have made claims against the manufacturers of Fosamax, because of ill health they have suffered as a consequence of taking Fosamax.
The following is a list of some of the symptoms which have been reported as having been caused by Fosamax, or similar drugs. There will be many more than these:
Allergic Reactions such as Hives or Rashes
Flu-like symptoms – fuggy head, runny nose, sore throat etc
Itchy flakey skin
Jaw swollen and/or painful
Low Blood Calcium, which is characterized by muscle spasms, muscles cramps, twitches, and sore joints.
Numbness of feet or hands or fingers
Osteonecrosis or paralysis of the jaw
Pain around the jaw
Passing black or bloody stools
Sore or swollen joints
Swollen joints or feet or hands
Swollen tongue or lips
Swelling of legs ankles or hands
Tightness in the chest
Lives could be saved if, as well as Vitamin C treatment, homeopathic medicine were at least given a try in some of these ‘incurable’ illnesses. Let’s pray that the pharmaceutical companies loosen their strangulating hold on the medicine industry, and let Homeopaths prove the worth of their science.
See Merrilyn’s other posts on Homeopathy and Herbal Alternatives to Vaccination: