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A recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine showed a substantial increase in femur fractures associated with the use of Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva. These studies also revealed that the longer patients took these drugs, the higher the chance they would be harmed by them. Another study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the long-term use of Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva (or other bisphasphonates) increased the rare risk of fumur fractures by three times, versus use by women who used these drugs for less than 100 days.
Although these side-effects are not typical, these drugs are still being prescribed in huge numbers.
Because changes at menopause increase a woman’s risk, many physicians feel it is a good time to measure a woman’s bone mineral density, especially if she has other risk factors for osteoporosis. The best way to gauge a woman’s risk for osteoporotic fracture is to measure her bone mass. Routine x-rays cannot detect osteoporosis until it is quite advanced, but other radiological methods can. The FDA has approved several devices that use various methods to estimate bone density. Most require far less radiation than a chest x-ray. Doctors consider a patient’s medical history and risk factors in deciding who should have a bone density test. The method used is often determined by the equipment available locally. Readings are compared to an internationally accepted standard based on young Caucasian women. Different parts of the skeleton may be measured, and low density at any site is worrisome.
If you or a loved one has suffered after taking a bisphasphonate, please call Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys today at 1-800-229-7989. Our experienced attorneys will work with you to get ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.