Experienced South Carolina Bisphosphonates Drug Injury Lawyer Driven To Succeed
Bisphosphonates are sold under several brand names and are prescribed to both men and women for osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. Manufacturers tout the drugs as being able to strengthen bones, but long-term use of bisphosphonates may have the entirely opposite effect of leading to weaker bones. In the past few years, the FDA has issued several safety alerts and drug warnings regarding bisphosphonates, and it now seems that the risks of the alleged dangerous drugs outweigh any potential benefits. If you were prescribed bisphosphonates and have suffered a serious personal injury or disease as a result, our drug injury lawyers want to help you.
Alarming Bisphosphonate Side Effects
Patients who have been prescribed bisphosphonates should speak with their doctor regarding their risk factors and the potential for alternative treatments. Bisphosphonates carry a risk of alarming side effects, including:
- Atypical femur fractures: The FDA issued a safety announcement that bisphosphonate labels must include a warning that patients may experience subtrochanteric femur fractures (broken thigh bones) after taking bisphosphonates.
- Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ): Osteonecrosis means death of the bone, and this devastating and irreversible disease causes a person’s jaw bone to deteriorate. Early indications of ONJ include dental pain, infection of the mouth and gum disease. Cancer patients, people taking corticosteroids and those with poor oral hygiene are particularly at risk of developing ONJ while taking bisphosphonates.
- Esophageal cancer: The FDA investigated reports that bisphosphonates may be linked to a higher risk of esophageal cancer. Patients must look out for early signs of cancer, including swallowing difficulties, chest pain, and new or worsening heartburn.
Common Bisphosphonates Brands and Generic Names
- Fosamax (alendronate)
- Boniva (ibandronate)
- Actonel (risedronate)
- Atelvia (risedronate)
- Reclast (zoledronic acid)
- Zometa (zolendronic acid)
Bisphosphonate Lawsuits for Injured Patients
Anyone who sustained serious injuries or who has suffered a bone fracture or disease while taking bisphosphonates may bring an actionable drug injury lawsuit against a negligent manufacturer. It is unjust for a drug manufacturer to produce misleading advertisements or to fail to disclose potential risks that may severely harm patients. Contact our drug injury attorneys for a free, no obligation consultation regarding your options if you have been injured while taking a bisphosphonate.