A number of lawsuits have been filed against Merck & Company for what has been deemed a dangerous prescription drug. If you have been injured by Fosamax side effects, then you may be eligible to file an Illinois dangerous drug claim.The most serious Fosamax side effects that result in claims and lawsuits include osteonecrosis of the jaw, also known as “dead jaw.” This is a serious bone condition, but it’s not the only serious injury that can result from taking this dangerous prescription drug.An experienced Chicago product liability attorney can help you determine if taking Fosamax has caused your injuries. An attorney can investigate the facts in your case, collect the necessary medical evidence necessary to prove your injuries and help you file an Illinois dangerous drug claim.Overview of FosamaxFosamax is a bisphosphonate tablet used to treat osteoporosis. It is most often used among postmenopausal women. While it has proven effective in preventing bone fractures, there are serious Fosamax side effects that may outweigh the benefits of this dangerous prescription drug.Fosamax Side Effects and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw The most serious side effect reported is osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). This is a serious bone disease where a loss of blood to the jaw’s bone tissue results in tissue death and eventually, collapse of the bone. ONJ is a very painful condition. If it is left untreated or undetected, it can lead to complete loss of bone tissue and an irreversible collapse of the jaw joint.Symptoms of ONJ may include:
- pain in the jaw area;
- loosening of teeth;
- infections of soft tissue; and
- bone exposure within the oral cavity.
One of the first reported cases of ONJ as a result of taking Fosamax occurred when a 60-year-old Florida woman developed a severe case. Her ONJ caused her mouth to rot and jaw bone to become exposed.Continue to Next Page >>