|FOSAMAX CAN HARM YOUR HEART|
Archives of Internal Medicine April 28, 2008; 168(8):826-31
Women who have used Fosamax are nearly 2x as likely to develop atrial fibrillation (quivering of your heart's upper chambers)-the most common kind of chronic irregular heartbeat.
Fosamax (generic version called alendronate) is the most widely used drug for osteoporosis. The drug was associated with an 86% higher risk of atrial fibrillation compared with never having used the drug. Atrial fibrillation can cause congestive heart failure, fatigue, palpitations, or fainting. It can also lead to embolic strokes.
This isn't the first time that Fosamax has been in trouble. Last December Fosamax users filed a class action suit claiming that the drug was responsible for destruction of the bone in their jaws. This problem has now been added to the known list for Fosamax that includes severe ulcers, liver damage, kidney failure, and eye inflammation.
Osteoporosis, which is a loss of bone density, affects 33% of women and 20% of men over the age of 50. Which ends up being more than 25 million Americans. Additionally, close to 1.2 million bone fractures in the United States each year are related to osteoporosis.
Fosamax does not actually build new bone. It kills the cells that break bone down, thereby making the bone denser. Eventually this denser bone becomes weaker. Normal bone is broken down and rebuilt in an ongoing cycle. With the cells that break down bone being killed by Fosamax, this cycle is disrupted and natural bone regeneration does not occur.
Proper diet and weight bearing exercise are critical to maintaining healthy bone density and preventing osteoporosis. These should be emphasized much more than they are and entail much more than just taking calcium supplements.
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