By the way, doctor: Does Fosamax damage the jawbone?

Q. I've heard that taking Fosamax for a long time causes the jawbone to deteriorate. Do you know anything about this?

A. Alendronate (brand name Fosamax) is one of a class of drugs called bisphosphonates, which are widely used to prevent and treat osteoporosis. Other oral medications in this class are risedronate (Actonel) and ibandronate (Boniva).

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