As word spreads about the number of Fosamax lawsuits being filed by plaintiffs alleging broken femurs and osteonecrosis of the jaw as a result of taking the the drug for extended periods of time, some people are turning to vitamin supplements, particularly calcium, to help strengthen bones. Many are doing so without advice from a qualified physician, which has raised concerns that some people might be doing themselves more harm than good.
Woman Discontinues Fosamax, Switches to Calcium Supplements
A syndicated advice column, The People’s Pharmacy, written by a husband-and-wife team of pharmaceutical and health experts, recently fielded a question from the concerned daughter of a woman who stopped taking Fosamax after eight years and switched to an excessive amount of daily calcium supplements without consulting her doctor. The mother has been taking 5,000-7,000 mg of calcium per day for three years, and has “lost a number of teeth.” The daughter is wondering about her mother’s tooth loss, and whether it is a consequence of long-term Fosamax use. On the other hand, she also wonders whether too much calcium can be detrimental.
The column’s writers confirmed the daughter’s fears about her mother’s excessive use of calcium supplements. They advised that “[t]he upper limit considered safe for adults is 2,500 mg daily, about half to a third of her dose.” Moreover, too much calcium can cause physical ailments such as constipation, kidney stones, heart attack, stroke, and coronary artery calcification. In other words, the woman thought she was doing a good thing by replacing Fosamax with calcium, but even something that is supposed to be good for you can be bad if ingested to excess. The column, however, did not address the fact that the woman did not take the important step of discussing the discontinuation of Fosamax with her doctor.
Fosamax Users Should Consult a Physician Before Discontinuing the Drug
While some women are able to prevent bone loss with diet and exercise, some might need additional supplements or medication to reverse the effects of the condition. Only a qualified physician can help you determine what is right for you. Excessive use of calcium supplements, as described in the situation here, is not a viable alternative to medication.
RLG Represents Injured Fosamax Users
Some osteoporosis sufferers benefit from Fosamax, taking the drug as directed without any serious side effects.
If you have been taking Fosamax for an extended period of time, however, and have suffered an injury, it could be because of the medication, and you might be eligible for compensation by filing a lawsuit against Merck & Co., the manufacturer of the drug. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group can help. Our lawyers have over 25 years of collective experience advocating for clients in consumer product injury and mass tort cases. Please fill out our contact form or call us at 1-877-332-2347, and one of our lawyers will be in touch.
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