Fosamax Lawyer Provides Answers To FAQs

Dan Thornburgh, a Florida attorney whose practice focuses in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, recently sat down with us to provide answers to questions he gets asked most frequently about Fosamax. Here are the questions and his answers:

Question: What should someone do who has taken Fosamax, but hasn’t had any adverse reactions?

Answer: If they have no symptoms but have been exposed to the drug, they should just be aware of what the symptoms are and sit down with their doctors and dentists to inform them that they have taken Fosamax. It’s important for people to know that Fosamax and bisphosphonates stay in your body when you’re exposed to them. So after exposure, even if you got off the drug, you're still at an increased risk of developing this condition.

Question: How long can bisphosphonates stay in your body?

Answer: Many years and perhaps forever. Bisphosphonates don’t leave your body. So if those conditions start to develop, even years after you’ve gotten off the therapy, at that point I think it’s in that patient’s best interest to consult with their doctor first and to consider consulting with an attorney as well.

Question: What other conditions have been associated with Fosamax?

Answer: There are other conditions that have also been associated with bisphosphonate exposure including osteonecrosis of other areas of the body such as your knees, shoulders, ankles and other areas. Recent studies have associated bisphosphonates to rare long-bone fracture in the femur, esophageal cancer and atria-fibrillation. So, people on Fosamax need to be aware of the symptoms associated with all these conditions. If you start having pain in your femur or in any part of your body, you need to let your doctor know that you’ve been exposed to bisphosphonates and seek medical treatment and care immediately.

Question: What is Paget’s disease?

Answer: Paget’s disease is another condition that these bisphosphonates have been used to treat. Healthy bone is normally is able to replace or heal itself with strong healthy bone. Paget’s disease affects that function, so when the bone does replace itself, it’s brittle or subject to fracture.

Question: Are there any cures for ONJ or Paget’s disease?

Answer: There are different treatment methods that doctors will discuss with patients to determine the proper treatment for that individual. However, there’s no magic pill they can take to make it go away.

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