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What bisphosphonate drugs are used to treat spinal compression fractures?

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Bisphosphonate drugs (Actonel, Atelvia, Binosto, Boniva, Fosamax) can slow bone loss, improve bone density and help prevent fractures. Bisphosphonates can also cause bone loss in the jaw, a condition known as osteonecrosis of the jaw. This complication has been linked to the use of these medications for the treatment of osteoporosis. The risk of this occurring is very low; however, people with cancer or people who receive these medications intravenously are at higher risk. Some people complain of numbness, heaviness, and pain in the jaw, usually where a tooth has been extracted. If you have concerns, speak with your dentist.

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Michael Schaufele, MD, physiatrist and professor of orthopaedics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. 

Rex Marco, MD, chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

WebMD Medical News: "Outsmarting Osteoporosis."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 4, 2018

SOURCES: 

Michael Schaufele, MD, physiatrist and professor of orthopaedics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. 

Rex Marco, MD, chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

WebMD Medical News: "Outsmarting Osteoporosis."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 4, 2018

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