Boniva & Fosamax

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Jean Says:

I heard that Fosamax causes jaw cancer. I am taking Boniva. Should I get off of this medicine?

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nenene Says:

Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

Several cases of bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw have been associated with the use of oral bisphosphonates, including Fosamax®, Actonel®, and Boniva®. Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva are medications used for the treatment of osteoporosis.
Osteonecrosis of the jaw is a disease resulting from the temporary or permanent loss of blood supply to the jaw bones. Without blood, the jaw bone tissue dies, and ultimately the jaw bones may collapse. This is sometimes referred to as jaw death.

The symptoms of osteonecrosis of the jaw (jaw death) include the following:

soft-tissue swelling and infection
loosening of teeth
exposed bone
numbness, heaviness and abnormal sensations of the jaw
Brands of oral bisphosphonates include the following:
Actonel ®, manufactured by Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals
Boniva ®, manufactured by Roche Laboratories
Fosamax ®, manufactured by Merck & Co.
Fosamax ® Plus D, manufactured by Merck & Co.
Skelid ®, manufactured by Sanofi Pharmaceuticals
Didronel ®, manufactured by Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals
Fosamax and other Bisphosphonates: Lawyer with Product Liability Lawsuit Experience
If you have used Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, Skelid, or Didronel and have developed osteonocrosis of the jaw (jaw death), a lawyer at Pritzker | Ruohonen, a nationally-recognized law firm, is available for a free consultation. You may reach us toll-free at 1-888-377-8900, at , or by filling out our online consultation form.

Senior partner Fred Pritzker has over 29 years of experience and focuses his practice on complex product liability cases. In recognition of his achievements, other lawyers have selected him for inclusion in the 2005-2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He has written online information on product liability and defective medical product lawsuits.

American Dental Association
Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health http:/­/­­medlineplus/­osteonecrosis.html

I think you mean the jaw muscles can die, not turn into cancer. I tried to cut and paste some material for you to read. I hope it worked. If not let me know.

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DNelle Says:

I would like to stop getting the drug Boniva as I am now taking Fosamax.

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