What is Fosamax?
Fosamax is the brand name for alendronate sodium, a member of the bisphosphonates family. Fosamax is manufactured by Merck and is prescribed for the osteoporosis to prevent bone fractures in women. Fosamax is also prescribed to treat Paget’s disease. However, studies suggest that the benefits of taking Fosamax are very modest; in fact, some researchers even say that when taken for more than 10 years, Fosamax can actually make bones more brittle and more susceptible to fracture.
The most debilitating side effect of Fosamax use is jaw death (in which jaw bone dies). Because of this, several lawsuits have been filed against Merck in recent months, and many more are in the works, seeking significant sums. If you have been prescribed Fosamax and experience unexpected rotting of the jawbone, you should discontinue use immediately, and contact an attorney who specializes in drug defects.