No-trauma femur fractures from osteoporosis medications
Fosamax, the popular medication prescribed to prevent osteoporosis or regain bone density, has been linked to femur fractures in a number of patients. Most of these incidents have been no-trauma fractures — rather than a fall or other accident, the weakened thighbone cracks or breaks suddenly during normal activity such as walking.
In addition to femur fractures, a number of users have suffered from osteonecrosis of the jaw. Either of these severe side effects can be debilitating. A fractured femur is particularly troubling for elderly patients who have already experienced bone loss. They may not be good candidates for surgery and the injury heals slowly. Many are prone to infection and chronic pain after the fact.