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Bone Fractures: Symptoms or Side Effects?

Source: US Recall News | October 1st, 2009
Industry type: Pharmaceuticals

Bone fractures are often a symptom of conditions or diseases such as osteoporosis, but could also be side effects associated with certain medications. Below is a list of diseases and conditions associated with symptoms like bone fractures, as well as a list of medications related to similar side effects.

We are not medical professionals, and these may not be comprehensive lists. Please contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or side effects, or similar health issues.

Bone Fractures Are A Symptom Of

Osteoporosis:Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density that causes bones to become brittle and weak. It can lead to bone fractures caused by normal daily activities. It is twice as common in women than in men. Many factors can contribute to osteoporosis including a lack of estrogen and certain medications, such as Heparin and antacids that contain aluminum.

Vitamin D Deficiency: Vitamin D is necessary for proper use of calcium in the bones. A lack of Vitamin D causes softening and weakening of the bones called rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Symptoms in adults and children include bone pain, muscle weakness, and bone fractures. In children, rickets can lead to skeletal deformities, dental problems, and impaired growth.

Crohn’s Disease:Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. It can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, but typically affects the small intestine and colon. Crohn’s disease can lead to malnutrition and osteoporosis causing bone fractures.

Cancer: Bone fractures can be the result of certain types of cancer and some cancer treatments. Cancer in other parts of the body can spread to the bones in a condition called bone metastases. Bone metastases can cause bone pain, bone fractures, and spinal cord compression.

Bone Fractures Are A Side Effect Associated With

Avandia:Avandia is used to treat type II diabetes by increasing sensitivity to insulin. Avandia has been associated with dangerous side effects including heart attacks and other heart problems. The drug also carries and increased likelihood of bone fractures in the hands, feet, and upper arms.

Aristocort: Aritsocort is a corticosteroid used to treat swelling, asthma, allergies, skin problems, and chronic pain. It is often prescribed to people with arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis. Side effects can include bone fractures, thin skin, difficulty sleeping, headache, mood changes, and indigestion.

Fluoride: Fluoride is added to drinking water, toothpaste, and other dental products. At one time it was believed to be helpful in treating osteoporosis because it does increase the density of some bones. However, it decreases the quality of bone material, weakening the bones and leading to bone fractures. Excessive fluoride can also cause dental fluorosis.

Fosamax: Fosamax is in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates used to treat osteoporosis and bone loss. It is supposed to reduce the likelihood of bone fractures, but in some cases may increase bone fractures. Fosamax and other bisphosphonates can also cause osteonecrosis of the jaw (aw bone death). Other side effects of Fosamax can include severe bone, joint, and muscle pain, heart burn, chest pain, back pain, burning under the ribs, and difficulty swallowing.