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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Osteoporosis Medications Linked to Jaw Bone Disease

Certain osteoporosis medications, called bisphosphonates, have possibly been linked to osteonecrosis of the jaw, a rare and serious disease that can cause rigorous destruction of the jawbone. Common oral bisphosphonates taken for osteoporosis are Fosomax, Boniva, Actonel, Didronel and Skelid. Common bisphosphonates given intravenously for osteoporosis are Bonefos, Aredia and Zometa.

Osteoporosis is a bone-weakening disease that affects millions of people. The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that osteoporosis is a health threat for 55% of people ages 50 and older or about 44 million Americans. 80% of the 10 million Americans estimated to have osteoporosis are women. According to The National Osteoporosis Foundation, women are four times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis.

Full article at: http://dentistry.about.com/od/toothmouthconditions/a/Osteonecrosis.htm

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