You’ve seen the commercials. You are eager to try the once a month medication to treat your osteoporosis and you are ready to ask your doctor for a prescription. However, before you pop that pill in your mouth, it is important to understand the possible side effects of bisphosphonate drugs such as Boniva.
Bisphosponate osteoporosis drugs pose certain risks and no exception is made for Boniva. New risks recognized by the FDA and included in the warnings for Boniva include:
• Femur Fractures. An atypical fracture of the femur, or thigh, bone can create significant pain and problems with the hip and mobility.
• Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ). ONJ is a deterioration of the jaw bone that is sometimes called “dead jaw.” ONJ can create significant problems with eating, speaking, infection, dental problems and other complications that greatly affect a person’s health and quality of life.
Boniva risks, such as those described above, can best be explained to you by your doctor. However, if you have already been hurt by Boniva then you may have a legal right to recovery.