Actonel is in a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates. Fosamax and Boniva are also in the similar class of drugs. There are other brands but these are the best known.
Actonel has serious side effects. Sometimes side effects are inconvenient but go away.
Actonel poses debilitating side effects that can last forever and further cause additional complications.Devastating Actonel side effects include:
- Esophagus cancer
- Jawbone death or jawbone that fails to heal
- Thighbone fractures
- Severe joint and muscle pain
- Atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat
Why does a drug like Actonel that is supposed to help women, hurt them so much?
In 2009, the drug makers tested a program to reimburse an insurer for the cost of treating non-spinal bone fractures among women who take the Actonel pill.
The move, meant to demonstrate confidence in the effectiveness of Actonel, happened as new U.S. competition appeared on the horizon from lower-priced generic forms of Merck & Co’s rival Fosamax osteoporosis drug.
A venture between Procter & Gamble Co and Sanofi-Aventis, which makes and sells Actonel, said it would reimburse the average cost to treat fractures in women who correctly take Actonel but did not cover spinal fractures.
This plan was supposed to instill confidence, but does it? What is considered the average cost? Are there loopholes?
Have you suffered devastating side effects from taking Actonel?
Do you have an Actonel lawsuit?