The Most Severe Fosomax Side Effects - Know What You're Up Against
If you or a loved one are currently taking fosomax as treatment for osteoporosis, you need to familiarize yourself with the potentially serious side effects and complications this drug can cause. Although fosomax has been approved by the FDA following two 3 year clinical safety studies, no drug is without potential harmful effects. You can protect yourself and your family by being prepared and informed as to possible drug interactions and the worst of fosomax side effects.
Osteonecrosis of the Jaw - The Worst of Fosomax Side Effects
The side effect that is currently being discussed in regards to fosomax is osteonecrosis of the jaw, which is, unfortunately, about as unpleasant as it sounds. Osteonecrosis literally means bone death, and osteonecrosis of the jaw occurs when bone tissues in the jaw begin to die off. This can result in excrutiating pain and deformity according to its severity, and, in extreme cases even collapse of the jaw.
The good news is that fosomax, or alendronate as it is known generically, is basically safe for almost all patients it would be prescribed to. The bad news is that in a very small percentage of the population, fosomax side effects can include osteonecrosis of the jaw, and, worst of all, it's still not fully understood why.
It's important to remember that fosomax belongs to a family of drugs called bisphosphonates, which are used to treat osteoporosis as well as certain types of bone cancer. The subset of patients most susceptible to developing osteonecrosis of the jaw as one of their fosomax side effects are those patients who were previously being treated for bone cancer, receiving some form of chemotherapy, and receiving intravenous bisphosphonates in order to treat cancer that had spread to their bone. If you do not fall into this very specific category, it is highly unlikely that one of the fosomax side effects you will experience will be osteonecrosis of the jaw.
Other Slightly Less Serious Fosomax Side Effects
The next major area of concern relates to ulceration of various body tracts. These include the esophagus, stomach and intestines. Taking fosomax increases a patient's risk of developing complications related to the esophagus which range from the mildly irritating but generally non-threatening, such as esophagitis, to more serious fosomax side effects such as esophageal erosions and esophageal ulcers.
Fosomax side effects can also incorporate general complaints which effect the patient globally: uticaria, or a generalized skin rash, being one unpleasant example.
General fosomax side effects can be troubling because they are transient and difficult to diagnose. One example would by myalgia, or general nerve pain, that cannot be traced to a direct physical injury but nonetheless causes a patient a tremendous amount of discomfort and distraction. Asthenia, or general but vague weakness is another example of fosomax side effects that can subtly reduce the quality of life for a patient while causing frustration given the difficulty of diagnosis. As these examples illustrate, you should not hesitate to inform your primary health care provider about any symptoms you begin to experience while taking fosomax, since even seemingly unrelated problems could be, in actuality, one of several fosomax side effects which are serious but difficult to account for.