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Who Should Not Take Fosamax?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Fosamax is a biphosphonate drug that has proven to work in wonders to patients with low bone mass problems. However, therapeutic backlash can be devastating where some might need to be admitted to the hospital. Perhaps identifying the conditions which Fosamax is contraindicated will considerably reduce the occurrence of adverse effects.

Fosamax is the bone-strengthening drug made by Merck to treat bone diseases like osteoporosis (in both men and women) and Paget’s disease. Oddly enough, this drug is now facing accusations about a certain femur fracture which ensued from consuming the drug over a long course. At present, a committee of lawyers to act on behalf of plaintiffs has been appointed during the Fosamax’s multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Despite the fact that Fosamax is indicated to some bone problems, it is necessary to note that conditions may apply before the drug is prescribed. Certain medical conditions may prohibit one from taking the drug.

Abnormalities of the esophagus. Oral forms of biphosphonates are known to aggravate certain conditions of the esophagus. Consequently Fosamax is not advisable to people with esophageal problems like stricture of achalasia. A deferment of the drug as it travels along the esophagus might abrade the tube.

Hypersensitivity. Allergic reactions to any content of Fosamax may be lethal. Signs of allergy include hives, inflammation of the tongue and trouble breathing and this requires immediate medical aid.

Hypocalcemia and vitamin D deficiency. Hypocalcemia pertains to condition where the calcium level in the blood is abnormally low. Fosamax interferes with the bone resorption of the bone cycle which is responsible for the release of calcium from the bone to the blood. Vitamin D is responsible for calcium absorption in the body thus deficiency of this nutrient eventually leads to hypocalcemia. Hypocalcemia may cause the patient spasms of the muscles in the body and heart muscle is not an exemption.

Inability to stand or sit upright for at least 30 minutes. Lying down or reclining position may cause a reflux of drug content to the esophagus potentially damaging the organ. The idea is the same to patients who are at risk for aspiration in which Fosamax is also not warranted.

Your health care provider needs to conduct a complete health checkup to order the best treatment for your condition. This will help him decide if Fosamax is perfect for you. This will notably ebb away the risk of Fosamax side effects.