A number of drugs which are often used to treat osteoporosis and cancer patients are believed to cause a terrible jaw disease called osteonecrosis of the jaw or “dead jaw.” Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, Skelid, Adedia, Bonefos, Didronel and Zometa are part of a drug category called bisphosphonates. These drugs have been increasingly linked to osteonecrosis, a serious disorder in which the bone tissue of the jaw actually dies, causing the jaw to deteriorate.
One U.S. study released in August 2006 suggested that patients get dental exams before taking these bisphsphonates, in hopes that they could decrease the risk of developing this dangerous jaw disease.
There have been cases in which patients using Fosamax or other bisphosphonates have developed dead jaw after having major dental work done. According to experts, this increased risk of developing osteonecrosis of the jaw in such circumstances is the result of the drugs’ tendency to impair new bone formation. This makes the jawbone less likely to heal after a dental trauma.
If you or someone you know has suffered from osteonecrosis of the jaw while taking a bisphosphonate drug such as Fosamax or Actonel, you may want to contact an attorney. Complete the form to the right for a free consultation from a personal injury attorney with expertise in this area of law.