Fosamax Linked to Jaw Decay


The osteoporosis drug Fosamax has been linked to an increased risk of a serious and painful condition known as osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). ONJ is a potentially disfiguring condition that leads to the breakdown of the

jawbone and loss of teeth, and is otherwise known as dead jaw, jawbone necrosis or jaw death.

The potential symptoms of ONJ include severe infections, loosening of the teeth, facial discomfort or numbness, swelling gums, poor gum healing after surgery, severe mouth pain, oral infections, loose teeth, tooth loss, exposed bone in the mouth and lingering mouth abscesses. ONJ may even cause splintering bones in the mouth or become so severe as to require the removal of the jaw.

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