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Fosamax: Bone-Density Drugs Can Kill Jaws

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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, dentists are asking patients whether they have used bone-density medications such as Fosamax before treatment or diagnosis. These drugs, known as bisphosphonates, are linking in numerous studies to a condition known as osteoncrosis of the jaw, or a rotting of the jawbone. Osteoncrosis is causing substantial injuries to victims that in some cases many cases may be permanent. Drugs like Fosamax increase bone density by slowing down the replacement of bone cells. Experts speculate that drugs that are especially efficient in limiting bone regeneration like Fosamax may facilitate the advancement of osteonecrosis.